Katsushika Hokusai was a renowned Japanese artist and printmaker who lived from 1760 to 1849. He was born Kawamura Tokitaro in Edo (now Tokyo), Japan, and was raised by Isa Nakajima, a mirror maker for the Shogun. Hokusai began his career as an artist at an early age and went on to become one of the most important figures in Japanese art history.
Hokusai’s paintings are known for their distinct style, with bold lines and vibrant colors capturing the beauty of nature. He is particularly famous for his iconic works “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” and “Fine Wind, Clear Morning,” both parts of his series “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji.” It is said that Mount Fuji inspired much of his work, leading him to create numerous artworks depicting it.
Hokusai studied a variety of artistic styles throughout his life, including those native to Japan such as Kano, Tosa, and Rinpa schools. He also drew inspiration from foreign styles based on Chinese and Western paintings which he incorporated into his works. Hokusai evolved over time through different artistic periods or styles; some were short-lived while others lasted many years.
In conclusion, Katsushika Hokusai’s contribution to Japanese art cannot be overstated. His innovative style changed the way people saw art in Japan during his lifetime until today’s contemporary artists all around the world influenced by him in one way or another.
All Katsushika Hokusai Artwork on Artchive
|The Great Wave Off Kanagawa||1823-29|
|The waterfall where Yoshitsune washed his horse, Yoshino, Yamato Province||c. 1832|
|Thunderstorm at the foot of the mountain||c. 1830-31|