Landscape with Snow (1888)

Landscape with Snow (1888)
Painted in February of 1888, Van Gogh painted the dreary furrowed fields of winter. A lone figure with his dog trudge toward home. Located in the Guggenheim, I was moved to view this painting this past weekend.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Katsushika Hokusai

Happy Birthday Katsushika Hokusai!! The Japanese printmaker was born in 1760, in Edo (now Tokyo), Japan, and his father was a mirror maker for the shogun. Katsushika began painting at the early age of 6. Later, he initially worked in a bookstore, but then apprenticed to a woodcarver, then finally began studies with an artist of ukiyo-e and painting. He was also an expert on Chinese painting. His greatest known work is the ukiyo-e painting of The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1830), the first of his series The Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji.

Shogun-Military rank and historical title for military dictator of Japan.

Ukiyo-e- The Japanese artistic genre of woodblock printing featuring historical tales, idyllic landscapes, and pleasure quarters.

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