Hand printed on a Washi paper
"The Great Wave off Kanagawa" is a woodblock print by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai. The dramatic composition is a glimpse of Mt. Fuji far away from the undulating waves. The original print was published in the late Edo period in Hokusai's series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. It is one of the most famous woodblock print and recognizable works of Japanese art in the world. The Original impressions of the print are in many western collections. This is a reproduction.
To see the Mini size
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(New woodblocks, reprinting)
This was designed by HOKUSAI in the Edo period.
Printed by UNSODO publisher in late years (Kyoto).
HOKUSAI ( Katsushika Hokusai )
Hokusai is an ukiyo-e artist in the late Edo period.
Hokusai is best known for the woodblock print series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally iconic print The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
・Material/ Japanese washi paper
・Size/ Picture：W38×H26cm , Margin included：W40×H28cm
・Regarding size / There is a slight error in size.
・Weight/ 150 g
・Made in Japan
Unsodo was founded in Teramachi Nijo, Kyoto in 1891 as a publisher specializing in art. It is the only publisher in Japan that publishes books printed by woodblock printing.
When the company was founded, machine printing technology was still in its infancy. Woodblock printing was the mainstream for color printing, and craftsmen's handwork was the most reliable printing method.
Unsodo excelled at design art printing and published collections of works by many painters and designers. Especially in Kyoto, where Kimono retail business was flourishing, the collection of fabric dyeing patterns was very popular among the Kimono makers.
Since the Taisho era (1912-1926) to this day, they have published woodblock prints by some of the most well-known Shin-Hanga artists, such as Higuchi Tomimaro, Ikeda Zuigetsu, Asano Takeji, Okada Gyoichi, Kato Kohshu, and Tsuchiya Rakuzan.
[Origin of the company name]
The name "Unsodo" was given by the artist Tomioka Tessai. "Unso" is a perennial herb in the mandarin family, and cultivated in southern Europe under the name of "Wijnruit" for medicinal and ornamental purposes. It has long been used as a fragrant herb to protect books from pests.
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