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Post  eddie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:54 pm


Self portrait 1839.

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎?, September 23, 1760 – May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. He was influenced by such painters as Sesshu, and other styles of Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景 Fugaku Sanjūroku-kei?, c. 1831) which includes the 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 in 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 also The Great Wave print that initially received, and continues to receive, acclaim and popularity in the Western world.

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Post  eddie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:58 pm


The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

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Post  eddie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:59 pm


The print Red Fuji from Hokusai's series, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

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Post  eddie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:02 pm


Travellers Crossing the Oi River, one of the ten prints Hokusai added to the original 36 prints in 36 Views of Mount Fuji. He was prompted to add these prints because of the popularity of the original series.

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Post  eddie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:04 pm


Cranes from Quick Lessons in Simplified Drawing.

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Post  eddie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:05 pm


Images of bathers from the Hokusai manga.

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Post  eddie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:07 pm


First Westerners in Japan, by Hokusai, 1817. Caption: "On August 25, 1543, these foreigners were cast upon the island of Tanegashima, Okuma Province", followed by the two names Murashukusha (unknown) and Kirishimota (António da Mota, also known as Christopher da Mota).

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Post  eddie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:10 pm


The dragon of smoke escaping from Mount Fuji.

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Post  eddie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:12 pm


Carp leaping up a cascade.

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Post  eddie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:14 pm


The Strong Oi pouring Sake.

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Post  eddie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:16 pm


Hodogaya on the Tokaido.

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