Hokusai (1760 - 1849 )

The Japanese artist Hokusai Katsushika was born in Edo as Tamekazu Nakajima. Adopted by the mirror maker Ise Nakajima, Hokusai was raised as an artisan, learning to engrave at an early age. By age 14, he served as an apprentice to a woodcarver, by age 18 he began to study ukiyo-e with Shunsho. Hokusai dedicated himself to the Katsukawa school until 1785, when he was dismissed due to a disagreement with Shunsho. Between 1785 and 1797 Hokusai produced many prints, including surimono (lavish, privately commissioned prints), brush paintings and book illustrations under several different go (artist names). In 1797, Hokusai freed himself of all school associations and became an independent artist under the name Hokusai, though he continued to use a wide array of go. He released the first of his Hokusai Manga volumes in 1814, capturing the spectrum of daily life with a spontaneous and sketch-like quality.


Hokusai achieved great fame through his meisho-e (famous place pictures), such as the acclaimed series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (1826-1833), which includes the iconic Great Wave Off Kanagawa. Hokusai’s woodblock prints incorporated aspects of one-point perspective and daring composition into his landscapes. Hokusai revolutionized the Japanese landscape, capturing familiar locations with innovative techniques. In the 1820s, Prussian blue entered Japan through Dutch traders at Nagasaki. Hokusai was quick to explore this new pigment. This rich, opaque shade can be seen in Hokusai’s later woodblock prints, lending the compositions a greater sense of depth than traditional colorants.


Between 1817 and 1835, Hokusai’s personal life was unsettled. While his artistic career flourished and his students proliferated, two of Hokusai’s marriages ended. Continually changing residences, he moved between Edo, Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto. He passed away on May 10th, 1849. Even after his death, Hokusai’s artwork had a profound influence on Western art and the development of Japonisme.

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Great Wave Reproduction

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Great Wave Reproduction

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Monkey Trainer

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Monkey Trainer

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Fuji at Akazawa: Matano Goro Kunihisa and Kawazu no Saburo Sukeyasu

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Fuji at Akazawa: Matano Goro Kunihisa and Kawazu no Saburo Sukeyasu

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Fuji of Letters (Bunhen no Fuji)

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Fuji of Letters (Bunhen no Fuji)

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The Appearance of Mt. Fuji in the Fifth Year of Korei (Korei Gonen Fujimone Shutsugen)

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The Appearance of Mt. Fuji in the Fifth Year of Korei (Korei Gonen Fujimone Shutsugen)

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Fuji in the Mountains: Sanchu no Fuji

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Fuji in the Mountains: Sanchu no Fuji

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Two Pheasants and Peonies (Meiji Reprint)

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Two Pheasants and Peonies (Meiji Reprint)

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Boy Holding a Kite on New Year (Meiji Edition)

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Boy Holding a Kite on New Year (Meiji Edition)

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Shoal Bridge

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Shoal Bridge

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Getting Water from Lake Suwa

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Getting Water from Lake Suwa

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The Appearance of Hoeizan

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The Appearance of Hoeizan

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Fuji of Letters, Poet Yamabe no Akahito

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Fuji of Letters, Poet Yamabe no Akahito

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Ghost of Kiku and Priest Mikazuki

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Ghost of Kiku and Priest Mikazuki

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Kinuta: Pounding Cloth with Mallet

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Kinuta: Pounding Cloth with Mallet

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En no Gyoja Opens Mt. Fuji

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En no Gyoja Opens Mt. Fuji

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Taira no Masakado and Sumo Wrestler

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Taira no Masakado and Sumo Wrestler

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Daikoku, Benten and Ebisu (Meiji Edition)

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Daikoku, Benten and Ebisu (Meiji Edition)

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Music and Dance

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Music and Dance

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Fukubiki

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The Bridge in the Mountain

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The Bridge in the Mountain

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Loom

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Loom

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Flower Basket

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Roof

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Roof

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Shishi in the Clouds

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Shishi in the Clouds

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