Katsushika Hokusai – Bridge and the Moon
A Meiji-era reproduction in miniature of an Edo-era print by Hokusai entitled “Moon Underneath the Bridge”, this composition captures a bridge high above the water, connecting two cliffs with ships down below, and a moon hanging high in the evening sky.
(A+) Excellent Condition
Boats, Landscape, Monkey Bridge, Night
Katsushika Hokusai - Moon Underneath the Bridge, 1810-1820
A Meiji-era reproduction in miniature of an Edo-era print by Hokusai entitled "Moon Underneath the Bridge", this composition captures a bridge high above the water, connecting two cliffs with ships down below, and a moon hanging high in the evening sky.
The Woodblock Print
The woodblock print is in pristine condition, lightly tacked at the top corners to its original presentation card, signed below the print is the name Hokusai in pencil. The print has solid colors and registry, good bleed-through (not pictured), no fading or discoloration, and is stamped "Made in Japan" on the verso.
About the Artist
Katsushika Hokusai was born in 1760 in the Katsushika district of Edo (Tokyo) with the given name of Tokitaro. He started an apprenticeship at a woodblock workshop at the age of 15. At the age of 18 he joined the painting and printmaking school of Katsukawa Shunsho and took the name Katsukawa Shunro. The early Hokusai art prints were actor ukiyo-e created under the influence of his teacher Shunsho.
Hokusai must be imagined as a person who was completely obsessed by producing ukiyo-e (Japanese prints). He usually got up early in the morning and worked until after sunset. The art name Gakyo-rojin, which he used from 1834-1849 means "old man mad with painting".
And this is what he wrote about himself in his autobiography. It is the quintessence of his art philosophy:
"From the age of five I have had a mania for sketching the forms of things. From about the age of fifty I produced a number of designs, yet of all I drew prior to the age of seventy there is truly nothing of great note. At the age of seventy-two I finally apprehended something of the true quality of birds, animals, insects, fish and of the vital nature of grasses and trees. Therefore, at eighty I shall have made some progress, at ninety I shall have penetrated even further the deeper meaning of things, at one hundred I shall have become truly marvelous, and at one hundred and ten, each dot, each line shall surely possess a life of its own. I only beg that gentlemen of sufficiently long life take care to note the truth of my words."
Hokusai was one of the most prolific of all ukiyo-e artists. At the end of his life he had produced more than 30,000 print designs.