Featured Artist: Hokusai

Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) 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, apprenticed with a woodcarver, by 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, where he captured 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 (c. 1830), which includes the iconic Great Wave Off Kanagawa. Hokusai’s woodblock prints incorporated daring composition and aspects of one-point perspective into his landscapes. He 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 his 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. Though Hokusai passed away on May 10th, 1849, his work inspired generations of artists worldwide long after his death.


Want to see more Hokusai? Visit Hokusai's artist page to explore both available works and our archive.

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Roben Waterfall at Oyama in Sagami Province

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Roben Waterfall at Oyama in Sagami Province

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Under the Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa

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Under the Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa

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Poem by Fujiwara no Yoshitaka

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Poem by Fujiwara no Yoshitaka

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The Priest Henjo

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The Priest Henjo

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Choko in Clear Autumn Sky

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Choko in Clear Autumn Sky

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The Cushion Pine at Aoyama

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The Cushion Pine at Aoyama

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Banana Garden at Chuto (Nakashima)

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Banana Garden at Chuto (Nakashima)

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The Season of Chrysanthemums

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The Season of Chrysanthemums

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Poem by Emperor Jito

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Poem by Emperor Jito

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Act. X

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Act. X

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Travelers in Sagami Province

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Travelers in Sagami Province

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Autumn Outing

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Autumn Outing

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Willow Tree on Sumida River

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Willow Tree on Sumida River

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Two Women Playing Board Game

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Two Women Playing Board Game

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Boy Pulling Pine Tree

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Boy Pulling Pine Tree

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Toto Shokei Ichiran (Great Views of Toto) Vol.I & Vol.II

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Toto Shokei Ichiran (Great Views of Toto) Vol.I & Vol.II

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Grasses of the Four Seasons

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Grasses of the Four Seasons

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Hotei and Chinese Boys in New Year

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Hotei and Chinese Boys in New Year

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Sudden Shower at Okido, Tamagawa

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Sudden Shower at Okido, Tamagawa

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Act V: The Shotgun Scene (Yamazaki Kaido)

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Act V: The Shotgun Scene (Yamazaki Kaido)

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Shono

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Shono

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Mitsuke

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Mitsuke

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Eating and Drinking on New Year

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Eating and Drinking on New Year

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Minakuchi

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Minakuchi

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Kakegawa

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Kakegawa

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Hamamatsu

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Hamamatsu

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Sumida River

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Sumida River

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Street Vendor at the Shrine

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Street Vendor at the Shrine

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Cold Day at Kudanzaka Hill

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Cold Day at Kudanzaka Hill

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Miya

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Miya

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Shono

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Shono

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Okitsu

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Okitsu

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Shishi Dancers on New Year's Day

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Shishi Dancers on New Year's Day

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Bird Seller at Hachiman Shrine Festival

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Bird Seller at Hachiman Shrine Festival

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Fuji on the Swell

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Fuji on the Swell

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Okabe

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Okabe

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Fujieda

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Fujieda

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Mariko

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Mariko

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Fujisawa

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Fujisawa

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Fukuroi

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Fukuroi

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Numazu: Travelers Looking at Sengan Waterway

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Numazu: Travelers Looking at Sengan Waterway

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Yui

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Yui

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Crossing Continents

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Crossing Continents

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Hiratsuka

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Hiratsuka

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Flower Basket

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Flower Basket

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The Bridge in the Mountain

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The Bridge in the Mountain

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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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En no Gyoja Opens Mt. Fuji

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En no Gyoja Opens Mt. Fuji

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