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A Wave From The East Beach Towel

Size Guide
Towel

30" x 60"

76 x 152 cm

Size Guide
Towel

30" x 60"

76 x 152 cm

 

From the collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, A Wave from the East is all about the iconic ukiyo-e prints of Japanese genius Katsushika Hokusai, who brought Japanese culture to the global audience in the 19th century. His stunning flower prints collection features ‘Lilies’, which brings florals and elegance to our product range.

So, travel back in time to the Edo period with our Hokusai inspired beach blankets! Beach towels are a necessity for your sunbathing or picnic needs, so do it in style!

Inspired by:

Fuji Lilies, from an untitled series known as Large Flowers

Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760-1849)

Edo period, about 1833-1834

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper

Accession Number: 11.17598

© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Katsushika Hokusai. Lived 1760-1849

Remembered as Hokusai, this Japanese artist was a painter for the ukiyo-e genre. This art movement involved the production of woodblock prints and paintings of landscapes, flora, fauna, female beauties and more. He created the iconic Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji including the internationally acclaimed prints of the Great Wave. This was created as a result of the Japanese boom in domestic tourism of the time. By modernising traditional print styles through innovations in subject and composition, Hokusai was among the first artists to shape, and be shaped by globalisation, being influenced by international movements.

Hokusai was incredibly creative and innovative and never stopped learning or
experimenting. He produced 30,000 paintings, sketches, prints and picture books over his lifetime. And he changed his name over 30 times, each time he achieved a new level of artistic skill. The name we know him by, Katsushika, refers to the part of Tokyo where he was born. Hokusai means ‘North Studio’ in honour of the North Star, an important Buddhist symbol. The final name on his tombstone is Gakyo Rojin Manji—‘Old Man Mad about Painting.’ He never stayed in one place long either. He hated cleaning, so every time his studio got too dirty he just moved.

Lilies, from an untitled series known as Large Flowers Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760-1849)
Edo period, about 1833-1834
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper Accession Number: 11.17598

Lilies, a block print from Hokusai’s series known as ‘Large Flowers’, was created with prints of Poppies, Morning Glories, Irises, Hibiscus flowers and more. Hokusai’s simple yet almost life-like portraits of living flowers were inspired by European artwork he was noticing at the time, particularly Dutch artwork that was making its way across the ‘closed boarders’ of Japan. By studying Hokusai’s work closely, how he used the colour blue for outlines, his print techniques and how the colours brighten or fade with each print, show his influence of later modernist artists, like those in the Popart movement.

• 52% cotton, 48% polyester
• Fabric weight: 10.6 oz/y² (360 g/m²)
• Size: 30″ × 60″ × 0.28″ (76 × 152 × 0.7 cm)
• Printed on one side only
• The non-printed side is made of terry fabric, making the towel more water-absorbent
• Blank product sourced from China

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