April 26, 2019
Latest News
Entertainment

Tokyo pays tribute to Hokusai, one of its most iconic artists

Tokyo, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Katsushika Hokusai is known outside of Japan primarily for his small painting of a Great Wave, despite the artist's intention to pay tribute to a mountain, the iconic Mount Fuji.

Hokusai (1760-1849) is one of Japan's most emblematic artists and one of the best-known of the Edo era, which preceded the Meiji era, marked by Japan's opening to the rest of the world.

Tokyo is now paying tribute to him with an exhibition of hundreds of his works from different periods and styles, under about 30 of the identities he used.

Exhibition advisor Mika Negishi told EFE at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo that Hokusai always looked for new, innovative methods of expression since he debuted at age 20.

The Japanese painter is best known for "Under the Wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave)," a woodblock print which is part of the series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.”

This piece, in which a large wave appears in the foreground, while in the background Mt Fuji and three boats blend into the furrows of the waves, is one of the most reproduced in the world.

It was praised by Van Gogh and, most recently has been reproduced as a digital emoji.

"There's no evidence that Hokusai was looking for the composition of the painting to make the wave stand out, but maybe it's one of the reasons he's impressed everyone," said Negishi.

The exhibition, titled "Hokusai Updated," which will run until Mar. 24, will show nearly 500 of the artist's works, from his first strokes as an apprentice of Katsukawa Shunsho, to his last works.

It was from this first master that Hokusai adopted his name for the first identity he came to use, Katsukawa Shunro. Then came others, such as Hokusai Tokimasa, Gakyokin Hokusai or Katsushika Hokusai (the best known), which the artist used to pay tribute to those who influenced his creations.

Hokusai's final period includes another series dedicated to Japan's most emblematic mountain, called "One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji.” By then, Hokusai had progressively moved from his initial prints to paintings on canvas and board.

This journey of Hokusai's life through his art closes with one of his major works, a scroll painted in black ink and colors entitled "A Priest (Kobo Daishi) Practicing the Tantra, a Demon Before Him, and a Wolf Behind.”

The demon was responsible for a plague, and his frightened look is compensated by the peace on the face of the priest in charge of expelling him from earthly life.

The delicacy of Hokusai's lines and colors are seen in multiple themes, from ladies with long faces to flowers and birds, such as in "Hibiscus and Sparrow," in which the bird is suspended in the air beside the plant.

"I don't think there is a before and after Hokusai in art history. However, it is true that the works left by Hokusai have influenced many fields," Negishi said.

The exhibition commemorates the 170th anniversary of the artist's death. Many works are part of the Seiji Nagata Collection, which consists of some 2,000 works and were donated in 2017 to the Shimane Art Museum.

Rarely has such an important Hokusai collection been shown in Tokyo, and it could be many years before something so complete of this multifaceted artist can be seen in the Japanese capital.

News history
Hidden center of Inca culture now on mobile devices for all the world to see

By Fernando Gimeno

Activists reopen controversial Tiananmen memorial museum in Hong Kong

By Mar Sánchez-Cascado

Workaholic Japan to go on unprecedented 10-day break

By Nora Olive,

First Indian rhino born in Miami combining induced ovulation, insemination

Miami, Apr 25 (efe-epa).- The Miami zoo this week welcomed a new resident: a one-horned Indian rhinoceros, the first of its species (Rhinoceros unicornis)...

Ozuna sweeps Billboard Latin Music Awards with 11 wins

David Villafranca

Artisans in western Mexico sculpt volcanic rock into kitchen utensils

Guadalajara, Mexico, Apr 25 (epa-efe).- Heirs to a long tradition, the artisans of the western Mexican town of San Lucas Evangelista are adding a modern and...

Prince William praises New Zealand’s response to Christchurch terror attack

Sydney, Australia, Apr 26 (efe-epa).- Britain’s Prince William on Friday praised New Zealand’s response to the Christchurch terror attacks by an Australian...

Facebook refusing to comply with Canada's privacy laws, regulators say

Toronto, Apr 25 (efe-epa).- Facebook Inc. is refusing to comply with Canada's privacy laws and assume responsibility for protecting citizens' personal...

Mexico's Sofia Reyes to perform at 2019 Platino Awards ceremony

Mexico City, Apr 25 (efe-epa).- Mexican singer-songwriter Sofia Reyes will be among the performers at next month's Platino Awards for Ibero-American Cinema...

Stanley Kubrick hailed as prophetic at preview of UK show

By Manuel Sánchez Gómez

Albacete's "Zénzanne": a Japanese oasis in the heart of Spain's capital

By Clea House

Tribeca Film Festival begins with a love letter to the Apollo Theatre

Nora Quintanilla and Helen Cook

Chinese artist writes book using only emoticons

Valencia, Spain, Apr 24 (efe-epa).- "Book from the Ground" is a book written using only emoticons by Chinese artist Xu Bing that illustrates the ability to...

Spread of vogue dancing unites Mexico's LGTB community

Mexico City, Apr 24 (epa-efe).- A decade ago, the vogue dancing scene was unknown in Mexico, but it has become a true cultural phenomenon spreading bonds of...

Bogota book fair celebrates 200 years of creativity

Bogota, Apr 24 (epa-efe).- The 32nd Bogota International Book Fair (Filbo), which opens its doors to the public on Wednesday and runs until May 6, is...

UK, Ireland give Brexit a rest as Belfast bids goodbye to journalist McKee

Dublin, Apr 24 (efe-epa).- Brexit tensions between Ireland and the United Kingdom were put to one side on Wednesday as hundreds of people turned out to bid...

Newborn baby elephant integrating well with herd at zoo in Germany

Wuppertal (Germany), Apr 24 (efe-epa).- A baby elephant that was born only days ago at a zoo in Germany is bonding with its mother and already getting on...

Sri Lanka fears dip in tourism following Easter attacks

David Asta Alares

Sao Paulo Fashion Week opens with styles inspired by Miami Beach

By Laura Lopez

Uruguayan poet Ida Vitale wins Spain's Cervantes Prize

Alcalá de Henares (Spain), Apr 23 (efe-epa).- Uruguayan poet Ida Vitale was on Tuesday awarded the prestigious 2019 Cervantes Prize for her lifetime...

UN command approves South Korea's peace trail plan for demilitarized zone

Seoul, Apr 23 (efe-epa).- The United Nations Command on Tuesday gave its nod for developing hiking trails in the heavily fortified border that divides South...

Duchess of Cambridge shares 3 photos of Prince Louis to mark his 1st birthday

London, April 23 (efe-epa).- Three new photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's youngest son, who is fifth in line to the British throne were...

Micro-brewery draws on tradition of Uruguay's beer mecca

Paysandu, Uruguay, Apr 22 (epa-efe).- Micro-brewery Bimba Brüder, a venture that started with two brothers and their cousin brewing beer at home, achieved...

Mexican circus adjusts to life without animal acts

By Martha Lopez

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.