Katsushika Hokusai is one of the most iconic Japanese, ukiyo-e printmakers. Hokusai is best known for his woodblock print of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” from the series, 36 views of Mount Fuji.
“The Great Wave off Kanagawa” from the series, 36 views of Mount Fuji. Woodblock print
The Yodo River, from Snow, Moon Blossoms. Woodblock print
As a child Hokusai trained as an apprentice wood-carver and studied ukiyo-e painting and printing in the studio of Katsukawa Shunshō. Hokusai was exposed to many painting styles, including Chinese painting as well as European, French and Dutch painting.
Hokusai favored landscape scenes, particularly images gathered from travelling around his native country.
Hodogaya on the Tokaido. Woodblock print
Fine Wind, Clear Morning from series 36 views of Mount Fuji. Woodblock print
Chōshi in Shimosha, from series One Thousand images of the Sea. Woodblock print
Hokusai might be best remembered for influencing a generation of French painters, particularly the Impressionists. A number of European artists ranging from Klimt, Franz Marc to Manet and Degas were known to have collected Hokusai prints.
Hokusai’s prints have become so well recognized that they have been reprinted several times over the years. Prints range in value depending on when and where they were printed, the originals of course holding the most value.