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- Chie no Umi, Machiami (Ocean of Wisdom, Net Fishing) -

Hokusai Katsushika


The beautiful woodblock print "Chie no Umi, Machiami" (Ocean of Wisdom, Net Fishing) is by Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849). Originally produced in the Edo period, this is a re-carved edition in a smaller format, published by The National Museum in Showa 20 nen (1945). It depicts net fishing, with fishermen using nets and baskets to catch fish in the rapid current. The image is very dynamic and powerful, and the beautifully embossed and delicate details are superb.

A small caption is attached to the verso. It states: Published by The National Museum, Supervisor's name: Toyohisa Adachi, Carver's name: Takeo Aoyagi, Printer's name: Bunji Yokoyama, Title, artist's name, and dated "Showa 20 nen 5 gatsu" (May 1945).

Technique: Woodblock
Print size: 10 and 1/4 x 7 and 1/2 inches (26 x 19 cm)
Image size: 10 and 1/8 x 7 and 3/8 inches (25.5 x 18.7 cm) 
Printed: Recarved edition, printed in 1945
Signed: Artist's signature in the lower right margin. 
Condition: Very good condition with minor paper toning.  (This print originally has thin margins, not trimmed.)


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