Katsushika Hokusai


Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), was an ukiyo-e artist of the mid-late Edo period. He first studied under Katsukawa Shunsho, but his insatiable curiosity about different ways of seeing the world led him to study a multitude of artistic styles. These included the native Kano, Tosa and Rinpa schools, as well as foreign modes based on Chinese and Western paintings. Throughout his 70-year career, Hokusai painted a variety of genres from landscapes, to plants, animals, bijin-ga and caricatures, and left many masterpieces. His most famous works include "Hokusai Manga" and "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji". He is widely recognized as one of Japan's greatest artists.