Catfish after Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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Catfish has a special place in Japanese mythology. It is a large catfish that causes earthquakes in Japan, usually controlled by Kashima, god of thunder and suppressed by large rock. On the other hand, when corruption takes over it´s a catfish that, with a shake of its tail, causes the rich and the wealthy to drop their coins. The roots of this myth are in a belief that catfish can predict earthquakes. The views with depiction of this myth are called namazu-e, catfish images.

Tradition of the Floating World – Artist & Printshop, Muha @ BlackBOX is an example of how some traditions can survive through time and gain root from one culture and epoch into another one. Ukiyo-e, pictures of the floating world, are known through prints and reprints from the 17th century till now. In Japan, during Edo period, ukiyo-e prints served as mass produced posters from commoners. Usually artists would paint for print shop and then print shop would make multiple copies of the work. There was usually mutual understanding or contract between artist and the owner of the print shop, leading to the lifetime relationship.

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Print based on my painting
from the series 100 Views of Ukiyo-e.
You can read more about painting here.

Printed with Canon ipf8300 ink-jet Fine Art printer.

Estimated delivery for Europe – 8 to 11 days;
Outside of Europe – 11 to 22 days.

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