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Hiroshige – the ukiyo-e master of nature

The life and works of Ando Hiroshige

From a samurai family, Hiroshige was born in 1797. He is particularly famed for his skill at capturing landscapes, birds and animals, and people going about their everyday life, but his ability to create stunning works of simple, yet detailed elegance with a deftness of composition is what he is rightly famed for.  Continue reading Hiroshige – the ukiyo-e master of nature

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Hokusai – the life of the great Japanese art master

Hokusai's Great Wave Off Kanagawa Canvas Print

The life and works of Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai, usually just known to us as “Hokusai“, lay on his deathbed in 1849 at age 87. After producing some of the most famous works of the Ukiyo-e genre, his last words were recorded as, “If only Heaven will give me just another ten years … Just another five more years, then I could become a real painter.” This lifelong attitude of learning is one of the reasons his fame spread across the entire world. Continue reading Hokusai – the life of the great Japanese art master