Katsushika Hokusai 浮世絵

1760-1849 Japan/Ukiyo-e (Floating World Genre)

 

Brief Biography-Katsushika Hokusai was the foremost ukiyo-e master of his era. When he was twelve, he began training under Katsukawa Shunshō, a teacher of ukiyo-e, in the use of woodblock prints. It wasn't until 1793 when he left the Katsukawa school, he adopted his style using landscapes rather than the traditional pictures of women and actors. European art had begun to appear, which influenced him, along with learnings from the Kanō school. In later years he produced his major work named Hokusai Manga, referred to as Random Sketches which contained fifteen volumes of illustrations of various subjects. The picture "In the Well of the Great Wave" and many views of Mount Fuji are his most familiar images, particularly in the western world.

 

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South Wind-
Clear Sky

South Wind-Clear Sky

Yoshitsune
Falls

Yoshitsune Falls

In the Well of
the Great Wave

In the Well of the Great Wave

Shower Below
the Summit

Shower Below the Summit

A Scene at
Dejima-Nagasaki

A Scene at Dejima-Nagasaki

Hibiscus and
Sparrow

Hibiscus and Sparrow

Carp Leaping
up a Cascade

Carp Leaping up a Cascade

Courtesan
Asleep

Courtesan Asleep

Hodogoya on
the Tokaido

Hodogoya on the Tokaido

Lost-love
Shell

Lost-love Shell

Hokusai Boats
and Moon

Hokusai Boats and Moon

New Year's Days of
the Teahouse Ogi-ya

New Year's Days of the Teahouse Ogi-ya

The Dragan
of Smoke

The Dragan of Smoke

Inside the Courtyard
of the Toeizan-

Inside the Courtyard of the Toeizan Temple at Ueno

Shikishiban
Surimono

Shikishiban Surimono

The Strong Oi
Pouring Sake

The Strong Oi Pouring Sake

Shunkosai Hokuei
Obake

Shunkosai Hokuei Obake

Thunder
God

Thunder God

Travellers Crossing
the Oi River

Travellers Crossing the Oi River

Wooden
Horse

Wooden Horse