Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai c. 1760 - May 10, 1849
Katsushika Hokusai 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, Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s.

Katsushika Hokusai

from the age of six i had a mania for drawing the shapes of things
when i was fifty i had published a universe of designs
but all i have done before the the age of seventy is not worth bothering with
at seventy-five i'll have learned something of the pattern of nature , of animals , of plants , of trees , birds , fish and insects
when i am eighty you will see real progress
at ninety i shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself
at hundred , i shall be a marvelous artist
at hundred-and-ten , everything i create : a dot , a line , will jump to life as never before
to all of you who are going to live as long as i do , i promise to keep my word
i am writing this in my old age
i used to call myself Hokusai, but today i sign my self
'The Old Man Mad About Drawing’

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Katsushika Hokusai
Self-Portrait as a Fisherman (1835) : Art Institute of Chicago

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Turtle as a Symbol of Longevity (c. 1795-1798)

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Filial Piety : Yang Hsiang saving his Father from a Tiger

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Three Courtesans

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Lady playing Samisen and Lady looking between open Shoji

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Two Masks

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A man with a Fan, Butterflies and a Bowl of Water

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Hotei and Chinese Child Acrobats (c. 1850)

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Horse, Mask, Slippers (1822)

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Hobby (1822)

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The Lute and White Snake of Benten : Sarasvati (1847)

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa

 

 

 

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