Hokusai Katsushika


Born
in Edo (Tokyo), Japan
October 31, 1760

Died
May 10, 1849

Genre
Art


Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎?, October 31, 1760 (exact date questionable) – 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.
The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Hokusai's most famous print, the first in the series 36 Views of Mount Fuji

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.
...more

Average rating: 4.15 · 650 ratings · 47 reviews · 51 distinct works
Hokusai: One Hundred Views ...

by
4.63 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 1988 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Thirty-Six Views of Mou...

4.75 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1966
Rate this book
Clear rating
Fugaku Hiyaku-Kei, Or, a Hu...

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Hokusai. Treinta y seis vis...

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
Rate this book
Clear rating
One hundred views of Mt.Fuj...

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2013
Rate this book
Clear rating
One hundred views of Mt.Fuj...

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2013
Rate this book
Clear rating
Hokusai Katsushika Postcard...

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Hokusai, manga to shunga

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Hokusai Manga vol.1

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Cahier de Coloriages L'A[me...

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Hokusai Katsushika…
“From the age of 6 I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was 50 I had published a universe of designs. But all I have done before the the age of 70 is not worth bothering with. At 75 I'll have learned something of the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish and insects. When I am 80 you will see real progress. At 90 I shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself. At 100, I shall be a marvelous artist. At 110, 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.”
Hokusai Katsushika

“From around the age of six, I had the habit of sketching from life. I became an artist, and from fifty on began producing works that won some reputation, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention. At seventy-three, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, and of the way plants grow. If I go on trying, I will surely understand them still better by the time I am eighty-six, so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature. At one hundred, I may well have a positively divine understanding of them, while at one hundred and thirty, forty, or more I will have reached the stage where every dot and every stroke I paint will be alive. May Heaven, that grants long life, give me the chance to prove that this is no lie.”
Hokusai Katsushika

“I have been in love with painting ever since I became conscious of it at the age of six. I drew some pictures I thought fairly good when I was fifty, but really nothing I did before the age of seventy was of any value at all. At seventy-three I have at last caught every aspect of nature–birds, fish, animals, insects, trees, grasses, all. When I am eighty I shall have developed still further and I will really master the secrets of art at ninety. When I reach a hundred my work will be truly sublime and my final goal will be attained around the age of one hundred and ten, when every line and dot I draw will be imbued with life. - from Hokusai’s ‘The Art Crazy Old Man”
Hokusai Katsushika