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Self portrait - Katsushika Hokuasai
Self portrait
Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎, Katsushika Hokusai? 1760–May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. In his time he was Japan's leading expert on Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best-known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (c. 1831) which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s. Hokusai created the "Thirty-Six Views" both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically The Great Wave print and Fuji in Clear Weather, that secured Hokusai’s fame both within Japan and overseas. As historian Richard Lane concludes, “Indeed, if there is one work that made Hokusai's name, both in Japan and abroad, it must be this monumental print-series...” While Hokusai's work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition and left a lasting impact on the art world. It was The Great Wave print that initially received, and continues to receive, acclaim and popularity in the Western world.

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Mount Fuji Seen Below a Wave at Kanagawa - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Mount Fuji Seen Below a Wave at Kanagawa
Plum Blossom and the Moon - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Plum Blossom and the Moon
Boy on Mount Fuji - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Boy on Mount Fuji
Dream of the Fisherman's Wife - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Dream of the Fisherman's Wife
Amida Waterfall on the Kisokaido Road (Kisoji no oku... - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Amida Waterfall on the Kisokaido Road (Kisoji no oku...
Old Tiger in the Snow - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Old Tiger in the Snow
Lilies - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Lilies
Bell-Flower and Dragonfly - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Bell-Flower and Dragonfly
South Wind at Clear Dawn (Gaifu kaisei) - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
South Wind at Clear Dawn (Gaifu kaisei)
Philosopher Watching a Pair of Butterflies - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Philosopher Watching a Pair of Butterflies
Kajikazawa in Kai Province (Koshu Kajikazawa) - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Kajikazawa in Kai Province (Koshu Kajikazawa)
Orange Orchids - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Orange Orchids
Kirifuri Waterfall at Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke... - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Kirifuri Waterfall at Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke...
Weeping Cherry and Bullfinch - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Weeping Cherry and Bullfinch
Shower Below the Summit (Sanka hakuu) - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Shower Below the Summit (Sanka hakuu)
Mount Fuji with Cherry Trees in Bloom - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Mount Fuji with Cherry Trees in Bloom
Netsuke Workshop - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Netsuke Workshop
Cranes on a Snowy Pine - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Cranes on a Snowy Pine
Poet Li Po - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Poet Li Po
Hibiscus and Sparrow - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Hibiscus and Sparrow
Self-Portrait as a Fisherman - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Self-Portrait as a Fisherman
Li Po Admiring the Waterfall of Lo-Shan - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Li Po Admiring the Waterfall of Lo-Shan
Whalling off the Goto Islands (Goto kujira tsuki) - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
Whalling off the Goto Islands (Goto kujira tsuki)
People Crossing an Arched Bridge - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org
People Crossing an Arched Bridge
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