The Great Wave of Kanagawa, the true Mona Lisa of the Japanese archipelago, has been an iconic image in Europe since the 1850s. But do you really know the artist who created this masterpiece? We propose a Beaux Arts Magazine MasterClass to know everything about Katsushika Hokusai ! Let yourself be overwhelmed by his art and his sublime achievements honoring nature.
Probably born in October 1760 in Edo, now Tokyo, Hokusai is a painter, draughtsman, engraver, as well as an author of Japanese popular writings. His prints, such as the 36 views of Mount Fuji, are now famous throughout the world, as are his numerous mangas.
He is a specialist in ukiyo-e. This Japanese term means "image of the floating world". It is an artistic movement that flourished from the 17th to the 19th century in Japan. It is also referred to as Japanese woodcut print, whose themes were completely new for the time, because they corresponded to the interests of the bourgeoisie: beautiful women, oiran (courtesans) famous, shunga (erotic scenes), sumo wrestlers, yōkai (fantastic creatures) ...
The artist's work is the perfect synthesis between the traditional principles of Japanese art and Western influences. You will discover how he inspired the greatest: Gauguin, Monet, Van Gogh ...
Beginning in 1800, Hokusai sometimes signed his works with the phrase Gakyōjin, "the Drawing
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Katsushika Hokusai, The Fuji reflected in the lake at Misaka in the province of Kai, 1830
Katsushika Hokusai, Hibiscus and Sparrow, ca. 1833-1834, Private collection