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  • Writer's pictureVan Weyenbergh Fine Art

Meeting Japanese masters 1: Katsushika Hokusai.

Cherry blossoms, waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains adorn landscapes of extreme refinement. Courtesans in precious kimonos comb their hair or slide on the water; a magic turtle rises from the waves. In Aix-en-Provence, the collector Georges Leskowicz unveils for the first time in France his most beautiful treasures: some 150 prints of the greatest masters of Japan, assorted objects witnessing the wonders of the Edo period (1600 - 1868). From Hokusai to Hiroshige, excursion in images to the land of the Rising Sun.

Bluish gust

Torn from their helpless owners, a conical hat and a wad of sheets of paper fly over a rice field, blown away by a gale! On the horizon, a simple, pure line draws the silhouette of Mount Fuji, a sacred symbol of Japan which, unlike fragile travelers, remains motionless and calm in the face of the vagaries of nature. To infuse poetry into this landscape from his famous series of Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, Hokusai used a pigment newly imported from Holland, Prussian blue, for a scene as light as the wind.


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