About Katsushika Hokusai Tea Light – Great Wave Off Kanagawa (1829-1832)
This beautiful Goebel Glass Hokusai Tea Light displays the Edo Period Ukiyo-e Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print “Under the Wave off Kanagawa” (also known as The Great Wave); it is the first print of the series titled Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. Katsushika Hokusai became world-famous through his picture series “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”. It includes the famous “Great Wave off Kanagawa”. In his homeland Japan, Hokusai’s work was rather considered as “everyday graphics”, whereas in Europe his art contributed to Japonism, inspired artists like Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt and also influenced Art Nouveau. This series of prints is characterized by the significant use of Prussian blue, a new color fashionable in the 1830s, and by the occasional use of Western techniques for representing perspective. Figures and objects were depicted according to their importance, and not according to their actual size, proximity or distance. More details on Hokusai Tea Light Great Wave Off Kanagawa (1829-1832):
- Dimensions: 4.7″ L x 4.7″ W x 5.3″ H inches
- Weight: 0.5 lbs (est)
- Material: Glass.
- Original: Katsushika Hokusai, “Under the Wave off Kanagawa” from the series, “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” ca. 1829-1832. Woodblock print, ink, and color on paper. 10 1/8 x 14 15/16 in. (25.7 x 37.9 cm).
- Care Instructions: Recommended to clean by hand with a mild cleanser to preserve the brilliant colors and gold decoration.
About Katsushika Hokusai
Katsushika Hokusai became world-famous through his picture series “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” which includes the famous “Great Wave off Kanagawa” woodblock print. Katsushika Hokusai is one of the most renowned masters of the Japanese color print (Ukiyo-e); he did not produce his greatest works until 1818-1830. In his youth he had begun with portraits of women and actors; but his fame rests chiefly on his direct and imaginative perception of landscape, which was an innovation to the ukiyo-e movement. His striking and original color, a vigorous sense of simplified design, his humor and understanding combined with a fine grasp of form to produce something new in Oriental landscape and nature art. Scholars have argued that Hokusai was assisted in his painting style by not only his study of the Kano School (15th – 19th century) and Chinese painting of the Ming Dynasty but also by European painting which entered Japan through the foreign settlement at Nagasaki.