Hatō zu, meaning "wave" in Japanese, was created by Uehara Konen in 1910, in the midst of the Meiji Period, a moment of great change for Japanese culture and art. For the first time in centuries, Japan had opened its borders; American and European artists set sail to study the great masters of the Japanese Woodblock Printing tradition.
Waves as a subject in Japanese art, especially woodblocks, can be traced as far back as the 1600's and the beginning of the Edo period. Yet in Hatō zu we see the emergence of a modern style and new western influences, despite Uehara Konen's resistance to many of the changes around him.
The bright, saturated blues have an impressionistic styling, but also we see technology subtly taking hold in the almost photographic composition that elegantly breaks from tradition.
+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available
Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.
14"x11" | edition of 500
20"x16" | edition of 50
30"x24" | edition of 25