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Hokusai

(Katsushika Hokusai) (kätso͝oshē`kä hōksī`), 1760–1849, Japanese painter, draftsman, and wood engraver, one of the foremost ukiyo-e print designers. After producing wood engravings for several years, he became a pupil of the celebrated artisan ShunshoShunsho
(Katsukawa Shunsho) , 1726–92, Japanese painter and printmaker. A painter of the ukiyo-e style (see Japanese art), in which costume design and color are executed with precision in an otherwise stylized setting, Shunsho specialized in portraits of Kabuki actors in
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, adopting the name Shunro. In the 1790s he illustrated books and printed cards for greetings and announcements. About 1797 he took the name Hokusai. In all he used over 50 different names. His output was prodigious and his fame widespread, but to the end of his life he lived in poverty and retained his simplicity.

Hokusai was distinguished for the variety of his styles, his extraordinary technical excellence, and his observant delineation of contemporary life. His landscapes reveal a startling imagination and a dramatic sense of composition. Of his astounding output some of the best-known works are the famous Manga, or Ten Thousand Sketches, in 15 volumes (1814–78); the color-print series Views of Famous Bridges and Views of Lu-chu Islands; and Views of Mount Fuji. Hokusai's work has had a marked influence on the art of the West.

Bibliography

See his Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (1966); studies by T. Bowie (1979), M. Forrer (1988), and G. C. Calza (2003).

Hokusai

Katsushika . 1760--1849, Japanese artist, noted for the draughtsmanship of his colour wood-block prints, which influenced the impressionists
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Hokusai illustrated books, from Chinese historical literature to contemporary novels, and he also published numerous sketchbooks, or manga, on a range of subjects.
The rugs are being made to coincide with the British Museum Hokusai exhibition, as well as a BBC4 documentary on Hokusai.
The exhibit features manga by seven contemporary artists alongside the work of Katsushika Hokusai, who created one of the most recognized pieces of Japanese art, the woodblock print titled 'The Great Wave.
What made it so celebrated was the revolutionary use Hokusai made of the pigment Prussian blue which had become available in large quantities from China, providing new shades and a greater volume to add to the traditional indigo.
Fuji, which is tied firmly into the cultural, spiritual, and social identity of Japan, had long served as inspiration for Hokusai and his art.
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In Japan, contrary to this being considered irreverent, it is recognition of how his creations have entered every important aspect of life, and Sumida Ward is now considering a proposal to create a museum dedicated to Hokusai near his home.
Hokusai and (van Gogh's favorite) Utagawa Hiroshige's unlikely contemporary, Tomokazu Matsuyama, transforms the theme of airy flowers and hushed landscapes into something vivid and altogether dreamlike.
The exhibition begins with his early paintings, where he is looking for his own niche, trying out the styles of Turner, Gainsborough and Hokusai in attractive, dreamy1940s landscapes.
Users will begin faced with masterpieces from The Renaissance including but not limited to artists such as Leonardo and Raffaello, smoothly arriving to Klimt and Schiele's Expressionist paintings, all the while passing through Hokusai, Van Gogh, Lautrec and many other masters.
Besides giving us the unresolved peril of the moment, Hokusai also uses the ocean's swell to frame Mt.
Worcester Art Museum's redesigned Japanese gallery spotlights "Pilgrimage to Hokusai's Waterfalls" by artist Katsushika Hokusai.