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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Spotlight - the Complete Works of Katsushika Hokusai

You may not know the name, but I'm sure many of you know this woodcut:

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

It was created by Katsushika Hokusai, and this month Spotlight is looking at his complete works. A short biography of the artist:

Katsushika Hokusai (θ‘›ι£ΎεŒ—ζ–Ž, Katsushika Hokusai? 1760–May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. In his time he was Japan's leading expert on Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best-known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (c. 1831) which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s. Hokusai created the "Thirty-Six Views" both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically The Great Wave print and Fuji in Clear Weather, that secured Hokusai’s fame both within Japan and overseas. As historian Richard Lane concludes, “Indeed, if there is one work that made Hokusai's name, both in Japan and abroad, it must be this monumental print-series...” While Hokusai's work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition and left a lasting impact on the art world. It was The Great Wave print that initially received, and continues to receive, acclaim and popularity in the Western world.

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The text is from the same website where you can find all the artwork, and the link is right here: http://www.katsushikahokusai.org/

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