1955 Rotogravure Surimono Katsushika Hokusai Cart Carriage Royal Sleeping HOK1

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This is an original 1955 monochrome rotogravure of a piece by Katsushika Hokusai that depicts a royal carriage and a sleeping guard. Two poems are visible in the upper left. The signature is one of Hokusai's many pseudonyms, Taito Hokusai.

CONDITION

This 56+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original Rotogravure; Monochrome
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 11.25 x 7.75 inches; 29 x 20 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is excited to offer a gorgeous collection of photolithographs that depict various ukiyo-e scenes by renowned Japanese woodcut artist Katsushika Hokusai. Although his career spanned multiple decades, he produced a lot of his best work after the age of 60. Each harmonious piece offers a glimpse into Japan's past, and the delicate combination of color and detail is enchanting.

Please note that these are photolithographs of the artist's work, not the actual woodcut prints he created.

This piece was illustrated by Hokusai, Katsushika.

Katsushika Hokusai

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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