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Edo Nihonbashi

Nihonbashi Bridge in Edo
From the series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei)”
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Primary
Date: ca. 1830
19th century
Dimensions: 10.24 x 14.92 in. (26 x 37.9 cm)
Dimensions Extent: sheet
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Medium and Support: Woodblock print from recarved blocks on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Erik Thomsen, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.02.03
This work is not currently on view


This is a modern impression of Katsushika Hokusai’s 19th-century print, and was carved from a recut set of blocks. For the original, see this work in the Minneapolis Institute of Art's collection.




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prints
Pictorial works produced by transferring images by means of a matrix such as a plate, block, or screen, using any of various printing processes. When emphasizing the individual printed image, use "impressions." Avoid the controversial expression "original prints," except in reference to discussions of the expression's use. If prints are neither "reproductive prints" nor "popular prints," use the simple term "prints." With regard to photographs, prefer "photographic prints"; for types of reproductions of technical drawings and documents, see terms found under "reprographic copies."
public domain
Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government. Also, the status of publications, products, and processes that are not protected under patent or copyright.
color woodcuts
Woodcuts that incorporate color, usually through combining a series of blocks in precise registration that have been inked with individual hues and pressed onto one support.
woodcuts
Prints made using the process of woodcut, which is a relief process in which the design is cut into and printed from the plank side of a wood block; distinct from "wood engraving (process)," which is a relief process using the grain end of a wood block.
Ukiyo-e
Distinctive genre in painting and other media, but most prominently in woodblock printing. It arose in the Edo period (1600-1868) and built up a broad popular market among the middle classes. Subject matter typically focused on brothel districts and kabuki theatres, with formats ranging from single sheet prints to book illustrations. Generally, the style is characterized by a mixture of the realistic narrative of the Kamakura period and the mature decorative style of the Momoyama and Edo periods. Distinctive styles and specialties in subject matter were developed by different schools throughout the period.
Japanese printmaking styles
Printmaking styles belonging to Japanese cultures.
Japanese painting styles
Painting styles belonging to Japanese culture.
Edo
Refers to the period and style that developed from the unification of Japan in 1600 until the end of the shogunal dynasty in 1868. During this period, economic expansion encouraged the rise of an educated merchant class who created their own forms of literature and theater as well as new schools of painting and woodblock printing. A wide diversity of pictorial subjects and styles developed during this period and many 19th century Western artists were influenced by them.

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