A museum in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, said Monday five woodblock prints it owns have been confirmed as authentic works by famed ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.
Fake copies of the set have been circulating in large quantities since the Meiji Era, with only a few originals confirmed. With the latest discovery, the Japan Ukiyoe Museum became the only institution to possess originals of all five works in the set.
The five works, all 26-by-19 cm, are based on ghost stories, and are believed to have been created at around the same time as Hokusais masterpiece, the “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” which was painted between 1832 and 1833.
A show of outlandish sculptures by a cult Japanese artist in the historic Chateau of Versailles near Paris has enraged traditionalists who say it dishonours France’s past.
From September 14 to December 12, visitors to Versailles will see eye-grabbing multicoloured statues in silver, fibreglass and metal by Takashi Murakami alongside the chateau’s ornate murals and chandeliers.
"The Chateau de Versailles is one of the greatest symbols of Western history," Murakami said in a statement on the museum’s website.
"The Versailles of my imagination… has become a kind of completely separate and unreal world," he added. "That is what I have tried to depict in this exhibition."
Versailles enthusiasts however branded it an outrage to their beloved museum in the posh Paris suburb.
"Murakami and company have no business in the Chateau of Versailles!" reads a message on the website Versailles Mon Amour, dedicated to a petition which it says has gained more than 3,500 signatures.