Drawing Great Waves: A Three Book Guide for Japanese Artists from 1903

Mori Yuzan's three-volume guide to drawing waves and ripples was published in Japan in 1903.

Mori Yuzan’s three-volume guide to drawing waves and ripples was published in Japan in 1903. Yuan hailed from Kyoto and died in 1917. Little more is known about him, other than that he worked in the Nihonga style.

The designs in his Hamonshū would have found their way onto swords, “sword furniture”, lacquerware, Netsuke (meaning Japanese painting) and religious objects.

Katsushika Hokusai’s “Great Wave” (Kanagawa oki nami ura), in which a small Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance under the crest of a giant wave. The three impressions of Hokusai’s Great Wave in the Art Institute are all later impressions than the first state of the design.

 

Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs
Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs
Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs
Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs

Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs

Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs

Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs

 

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Download all three volumes at the Internet Archive – volume onevolume twovolume three.

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