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Renaissance of KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI

Katsushika Hokusai, he is a representing of Japanese Ukiyo-e artist in 19th century. He was born in current Sumida-city in Tokyo and he apprenticed to Syunyou Katsukawa, a popular Ukiyo-e artist at the time,  at the age of 19. After his independence, he learned various techniques such as Rimpa style and western tsushika Hokusai, he is a representing of Japanese Ukiyoe artist in 19th century. He was born in current Sumida-city in Tokyo and he apprenticed to Syunyou Katsukawa, a popular Ukiyoe artist at the time, at the age of 19. After his independence, he learned various techniques such as Rimpa style and western ones and created over 30,000 works in his life. However his talent was recognized only after he became 70 years old by public.
He was a late-bloomer, but he made a great impact on “Japonisim”, the popularity and influence of Japanese art and design in western Europe in the nineteenth century following the forced reopening of trade of Japan in 1858.Claude Monet, Edgar Dogas, Mary Cassatt,  Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin are the well known artists that are influenced by Hokusai.

Left) Katsushika Hokusai, Hokusai Manga vol.11 (unknown), Woodblock printed; ink and color on paper; paper covers, Uragamisoukyudo
Right) Edgar Dogas, Dancers, Pink and Green (1894), Oil on canvas, 32 3/8 x 29 3/4 in. (82.2 x 75.6 cm), Paintings, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Right) Katsushika Hokusai, Hodogaya on the Tōkaidō (Tōkaidō Hodogaya), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei) (1830-33), Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, 10 1/8 x 15 in. (25.7 x 38.1 cm) Minneapolis Institute of Art, Bequest of Richard P. Gale 74.1.237 Photo: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Left)  Claude Monet, Poplars in the Sun (1891) w735 x h930 mm, oil on canvas, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo Matsukata Collection

left)Katsushika Hokusai, Hokusai manga vol.1 (1814), Woodblock printed; ink and color on paper; paper covers, Uragamisoukyudo

Right)Mary Cassatt, Little Girl in a Blue Armchair (1878), oil on canvas, 89.5×129.8cm National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mr

The works of Hokusai is now reborn in a various way these days.

Currently, “Timeless conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present” is being held at National New Museum. At the exhibition, Under the Wave off Kanagawa from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei), one of the most famous work of him is tribute by Shiriagari-Kotobuki. He is a Japanese manga artist and actor from Shizuoka, Japan, known for his dark humor and social criticism. His tribute work tells us the creativity of laughter that surpasses eras.
As well as this, a creative unit named Enlightenment collaborated with Hokusai and accomplished a project called “NEO HOKUSAI by Enlightenment” in 2018 at TSUTAYA SHOTEN Ginza whose concept is “A life with arts”
Even after 200 years, his works have been revived by many modern artists and attract people.