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歌川広重は、北斎と並んでおそらく西洋で最も有名な浮世絵師です。広重は武家に生まれ、王の居城である江戸城を火災から守るのが任務でした。公務にもかかわらず、広重は芸術の早熟な才能を示し、北斎とともに浮世絵を江戸とその周辺の風景や日常生活の場面を描く媒体に変えました。観光と旅行が江戸の中産階級の主要なレジャー活動となるにつれ、広重の版画は首都の増加する都市人口の間で非常に人気があったことが判明した。北斎の最も人気のある作品の 1 つである東海道五十三次シリーズは、広重自身の東航路の旅と並行して描かれています。 1856 年から 1859 年にかけて刊行された「名所江戸百景」は、日本人が首都を代理で旅行できるようにし、市内とその周辺の象徴的な景色やランドマークのいくつかを描いたものです。

HOKUSAI (1760?-1849)
Over the seven decades of his artistic career, Katsushika Hokusai left an indelible mark on art of both the East and the West. Situated in a particularly fraught time in international politics, Hokusai lived and worked at the waning of the Edo period as the isolationist policies of the Tokugawa shogunate came under intense pressure from the West. Whilst Hokusai produced works in all the standard subjects of ukiyo-e prints, he is best known for pushing coloured woodblock printing into the genre of landscapes. Hokusai is particularly well known for his Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji and, especially, the single print from this series entitled ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’. The influence of Hokusai in the West can be seen in the works of Degas, Monet, Gauguin and Whistler, as well as in the development of Art Nouveau in Europe.

Kawase Hasui ( 1883 – 1957)

Prior to his passing, he was given the title of one of Japan's living treasures.

Today, Hasui is one of the hottest artists. The last print he was known to have produced recently fetched a world record price at Christies 

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