Katsushika Hokusai / The Kirifuri Waterfall / about 1830Katsushika Hokusai
The Kirifuri Waterfall
about 1830

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Creator Name: Hokusai, Katsushika
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: aritst
Creator Dates/Places: 1760 - 1849
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Katsushika Hokusai
Title: The Kirifuri Waterfall
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1828
Creation End Date: 1832
Creation Date: about 1830
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: color woodblock print
Dimensions: H.15-1/16 x W.10-5/16 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 74.1.240
Credit Line: Bequest of Richard P. Gale
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

Hokusai used intense Prussian blue for dramatic effect in this print. First synthesized in Berlin in 1706, Prussian blue was introduced into Japan in 1825. Unlike the blue colors Japanese artisans traditionally derived from indigo (ai) and dayflower (aigami), Prussian blue resists fading when exposed to light. In addition, vivid green could be made by mixing yellow with Prussian blue.

The introduction of this light-stable blue pigment greatly influenced the development of landscape prints in Japan during the nineteenth century. Artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige used such bold colors for their numerous scenes of Japan, thus departing radically from the delicate palette traditionally used by ukiyo-e artists to depict courtesans and kabuki actors.

AMICA ID: MIA_.74.1.240
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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