Katushika Hokusai Nishiki-e 1830
Today, January 21, 2017, would have been Kip’s 44th birthday. If you didn’t know him or me, you can read a little about him here. Who is reboArts? His artwork of choice was Japanese prints, particularly Hokusai and Hiroshige. So this post is in honor of him today.
Nishiki-e is a form of blockprinting originally developed in Japan in the late 18th century. The technique involves carving separate blocks for each individual color. Printed calendars became popular during this time, and colored prints were highly sought after.
Hokusai is one of the most popular Japanese artists of all time, most well-known for his 36 Views of Mount Fuji, specifically the The Great Wave. To call him prolific would be a bit of an understatement. It’s believed he produced more than 30,000 works, including paintings, drawings, and woodblock prints. This print comes from a series of prints of famous bridges.
I believe many can relate to this traveler. The bridge over the great chasm of life is long and difficult. The burdens one carries are heavy and make your journey sometimes nearly unbearable. The bridge bends and bows under the weight. If you take a misstep, you fall so far. Look, those are the tops of trees in the foreground. There is always some one or something behind you, making the crossing harder, never letting you rest.
But just in your view is the end of it all. There is a serene bliss, if you can just get there. If you’re able to look up, you can see the grazing deer and the birds flying. You just have to hang in there, and do the best you can.