Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai:biography, facts, and artworks

Katsushika Hokusai who created the famous great wave painting Katsushika Hokusai must be the most famous Japanese woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) artist around the world. How to pronounce “Katsushika Hokusai”   His art works of images including The Great Off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) and other prints of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount. Fuji” influenced Western artists Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas and Henri Rivière.           His printmaking works still have inspired the artists and the creators. In 1960, celebrating his 200th birth anniversary, he was honored as the cultural master in the world.(learn about Japanese painting by the early modern)           In 1760, Katsushika Hokusai was born in Honjo, Edo. Read more about Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai:biography, facts, and artworks[…]

Famous The Great Wave Off Kanagawa painting by Katsushika Hokusai

The Japanese big wave art, No.21 The Great Wave off Kanagawa(kanagawa oki nami ura)     ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ (woodblock printing) is one of the most famous art not only of Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849)‘s prints but also throughout the country(but actually, there are quite a few Japanese who do not know the title of the picture…).   You might not be able to imagine from the powerful woodblock print, but when Hokusai drew the series of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” including the wave painting, he was already over 70 years old.   The print influenced the western culture. Vincent Van Gogh acclaimed the artwork and Claude Debussy got the idea of the symphonic poem “La Mer Read more about Famous The Great Wave Off Kanagawa painting by Katsushika Hokusai[…]