Recognition, at last

The bad news may be that the exhibition of Japanese paintings that I curated for the Museo d'Arte Orientale, at Torino, scheduled to open next March 26, was postponed by one year. And we just hope that we can enjoy the opening at the Museo delle Culture at Lugano, next July. However, word already spread,…

The Date of Hokusai’s Great Wave – Hokusai and Aizurie Part V
🇯🇵「神奈川沖浪裏」製作年考:
北斎と藍擦絵(其の五)

Summarizing the conclusions reached in the four preceding parts, we can give a date of 1830 or Tenpō 1 (天保元年) to the so far identified subjects of Nihonbashi (日本橋), Ōji (王子), Sumidagawa (隅田川), Fukagawa (深川), Shibaura (芝浦), Ōhashi (大橋), Mimeguri (三園), Ueno no hana (上野花), and Yanaka (谷中), all picture envelopes, efūto (繪封筒), measuring 191 x 51…

The Date of Hokusai’s Great Wave – Hokusai and Aizurie Part IV
🇯🇵「神奈川沖浪裏」製作年考:
北斎と藍擦絵(其の四)

In the foregoing parts we have been investigating four series or groups of prints, two of them comprised of aizurie prints exclusively and two other groups with only a part printed as aizurie. In these four groups, we found three different phrasings of Hokusai’s signature, as follows: Hokusai aratame Iitsu (Hokusai changing his name to…

The Date of Hokusai’s Great Wave – Hokusai and Aizurie Part III
🇯🇵「神奈川沖浪裏」製作年考:
北斎と藍擦絵(其の三)

As far as I know, there are only three more examples of aizuri prints by Hokusai that need to be considered, and then we can try and see whether we can reach a conclusion on our original question: What is the date of the so-called Great Wave? This time we will focus on a group…

The Date of Hokusai’s Great Wave – Hokusai and Aizurie Part II
🇯🇵「神奈川沖浪裏」製作年考:
北斎と藍擦絵(其の弐)

As for prints in various tones of blue exclusively, so-called aizurie, a series of probably ten prints issued by the publisher Moriya Jihei is probably the best example. It was issued without any series or print titles, and was comprised of figures, landscapes, and subjects from nature. They are small format koban prints, roughly measuring…

The Date of Hokusai’s Wave – Hokusai and Aizurie – Part I
🇯🇵「神奈川沖浪裏」製作年考:
北斎と藍擦絵(其の壱)

Quite surprisingly, we can still find various datings for one of the world’s most iconic images, the Great Wave as it is popularly called, actually titled In the Hollow of the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki namiura), one of the prints in Hokusai’s series of Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei). Hokusai, Kanagawa oki namiura…