Katsushika Hokusai's Birds and Sunset from Album of Sketches Colorized
Photograph - Digital Photography
Black and white with colorization rendering of Katsushika Hokusai's birds and sunset, from Album of Sketches (1814) vintage Japanese woodblock prints. Original public domain image from The MET Museum. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel and Bob Pardue.
Katsushika Hokusai was one of the most influential Japanese artists of the 19th century. His work, including the iconic “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” print, is known around the world and has been a source of inspiration for many. Among his works, one of the lesser known is a series of prints featuring birds and sunsets. These prints depict birds perched on trees or in the air against a backdrop of a stunning sunset. The colors are vibrant, with rich reds, oranges, and yellows making up the sky, while blues and greens hinting at the depths of the ocean or lake. The desolation of the landscapes is counteracted by the birds, which bring life and movement to the scene. The birds featured in these prints include cranes, herons, magpies, and other species native to Japan. They are depicted in different postures, some flying, some perched in trees, and some simply taking in the beautiful landscape. Hokusai’s prints have a timeless quality to them, and they showcase his immense skill as an artist. They are a reminder of the beauty of nature and how it can be appreciated even in moments of stillness and solitude. This 19th century Japanese artwork with setting sun makes wonderful wall decor art for living room, den or office walls.
March 3rd, 2023
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