Rediscovered Hokusai Work Displayed in Tokyo Exhibition While His 'Great Wave' Hits Chicago - and Banknotes

  • May 05, 2019 17:27

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Hokusai's "The Great Wave," from his noted series “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei),” will feature on one side of the new 1,000-yen (about $9) bill beginning in 2024.

Among Japan's most well-known artists, Edo-period ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) --- who created the iconic "The Great Wave off Kanagawa," which will feature on a Japanese banknote for the first time starting in 2024  --- is the subject of a new exhibition that includes a rediscovered work. Now on display at the Sumida Hokusai Museum in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, the newly discovered Hokusai painting depicts an itinerant clam merchant under a moonlit sky.

The exhibition "Edo Livelihoods by Hokusai," includes the recently discovered image of the clam vendor, or "Hamaguri uri," until May 19, when works in the show are rotated.

The Hokusai museum purchased the painting from an art dealer.

Also this spring (through June 23), the Art Institute of Chicago presents all three copies of its The Great Wave, for a limited time together, to show their subtle differences, in its exhibition Connoisseurship of Japanese Prints. The exhibition brings together works by Hokusai, Utamaro, Sharaku, and other ukiyo-e printmakers to explore questions of connoisseurship.

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