Please note the original crease between the two images is present.
This 106+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. Original mailing center crease. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
This piece was illustrated by Hokusai, Katsushika.
Katsushika Hokusai was born Tokitaro on September 23, 1760 during Japan's Edo Period under the Tokugawa Shogunate. However, his parentage is a subject of much debate. It is widely accepted that his father was mirror-maker Nakajime Isa, but his mother is unknown. Historians speculate that since he was not named heir to his family name, that his mother was perhaps a concubine to Isa. Regardless, his father started teaching him to paint by the time he was five years old. By the time he was 18, Hokusai began studying the art of ukiyo-e or wood block printing under Shunsho Katsukawa of the Katsukawa School who eventually granted him the school name of Shunro. That honor would be short lived though due to expulsion from the Katsukawa school by Shunsho's successor, Shunko who had a supreme distaste for Hokusai after he began studying foreign artistic styles as well as the styles of the rival Kano School. This shame, Hosukai would later reveal, prompted him to learn from even more disciplines gaining a new perspective on art as well as a new artist name with each school.
From this point Hokusai adopted more than thirty different names under which he worked and published numerous ukiyo-e collections on many different subject. In fact, it is theorized that there are numerous volumes misattributed to other artists because of the amount of names and works Hokusai had. However, once he settled on the name Hokusai Katsushika at the age of sixty, he would do his most important works including Hokusai's most famous piece: "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" which comes from a collection entitled Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and it is the first in that collection. An inspiration to many of his Western contemporaries including Monet and Renoir, his unique style and prodigious collection makes Hokusai one of Japan's most important artists of the Edo Period.
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