About Japanese Prints Glass Coasters – Hokusai, Kiyonaga and Gakutei
This Japanese Prints Glass Coasters is a set of 4 glass coasters that represent paintings from three different famous Japanese artists: Torii Kiyonaga (1752–1815); Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849); and Yashima Gakutei (1786–1868). These colorful Edo period (1615–1868) woodblock prints featured popular scenes that appealed to wealthy townspeople, including the urban pleasure districts of the “floating world,” nature scenes, and important historical events. More details on Japanese Prints Glass Coasters – Hokusai, Kiyonaga and Gakutei:
- Set of 4 coasters
- Glass with black felt backing
- 4” diam. each
- Comes in a box (4.75″ x 4.75″ x 2.75″ Inches)
About Torii Kiyonaga
Torii Kiyonaga, original name Sekiguchi Shinsuke, (born 1752, Sagami Province, Japan—died June 28, 1815, Edo [Tokyo]), one of the most important Japanese artists of the Ukiyo-e movement (paintings and wood-block prints of the “floating world”). Kiyonaga concentrated on the depiction of famous beauties. He designed many large nishiki-e,or polychrome prints, in diptych (two-panel) and triptych (three-panel) formats. Women in his prints were tall and stately, drawn with elegantly graceful lines in a realistic style. His best known works are Minami jūniko (“Twelve Months at the Gay Quarters”), Tōsei yūri bijin awase(“A Contest of Fashionable Beauties of the Gay Quarters”), and Fūzoku azuma no nishiki (“Life of Women Not Belonging to the Gay Quarters”).
About Yashima Gakutei
Gakutei was born in Osaka around 1786, though his exact year of birth is somewhat unclear. He was the illegitimate son of the samurai known as Hirata who served under the Tokugawa shogunate. Gakutei’s mother later married into the Yashima clan, explaining the artist’s name. For some time, he worked in Osaka, focusing chiefly on woodblock prints called surimono in addition to book illustrations. Most of what is known about Gakutei has been surmised from the subjects and context of his work.