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The great wave of Kanagawa. Katsushika Hokusai - between 1760 and 1849

Ukiyo-e

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"Paintings of the floating world" or "Japanese print", is a genre of engravings made by woodcut (wood engraving), produced in Japan mainly between the 17th and 20th centuries.

Initially the term Buddhist ukiyo referred to the ephemeral character of life and all that it entails. However, in the 17th century this term began to designate a way of life dominated by the passing pleasures of parties, fashion, the world of theater, mercenary love, clandestine passion and ephemerality, precisely the practices Buddhism warned against. This is what this artistic genre is all about.

It should be recalled that the aesthetics of the horimono as we know it today began to develop in parallel with the Ukiyo-e. That is, the aesthetics of the traditional Japanese tattoo. is totally linked to this style of visual production and its great artists.

Ukiyo-e - la gran ola de kanagawa - hokusai
The great wave of Kanagawa. Katsushika Hokusai - between 1760 and 1849


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