01.23.2019

Hokusai Updated

A new exhibition in Tokyo chronicles the Japanese painter’s spectacular life

  • Hokusai Updated
  • Hokusai Updated
  • Hokusai Updated
  • Hokusai Updated

Katsushika Hokusai has become the quintessence of Japanese art in the world. To honor his work, a large-scale exhibition titled Hokusai Updated currently on view at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo (until March 24th) introduces and chronicles the life of Hokusai by showcasing his best-known works, as well as never-before-seen pieces which have been rediscovered recently.
 
Born into a poor peasant family in Sumida ward, Tokyo, in 1760, Hokusai took an interest in painting from an early age, and in 1778 he became a disciple of ukiyo-e master Shunshō Katsukawa. He studied the works of the Kanō school, one of the most famous schools of Japanese painting, as well as Chinese and Western art. Under the pseudonym “Shunrō”, he produced a host of works, including ukiyo-e landscapes and illustrated storybooks. Upon leaving the Katsukawa school, he went by several soubriquets, including “Hokusai Sori”, “Sori”, “Hokusai”, “Kakō” and “Tokimasa”. In 1805, he started calling himself “Katsushika Hokusai”, but reportedly changed his name thirty times thereafter. He continued to paint until his death at the age of 90, leaving behind an estimate of 30,000 paintings.
 
His major achievement was perhaps the foundation of the Katsushika school, whose style went on to influence European art of the XIX century, namely the Impressionists and Vincent van Gogh, while nurturing a growing interest in Japonism. In 1999, he was the only Japanese person listed in Life Magazine’s “The 100 Most Important Events and People of the Past 1,000 Years.”
 
The Hokusai Updatedexhibition spans the six stages of Hokusai’s life: a total of approximately 480 valuable works will be on display, assembled from Japan and overseas, some which exhibited for the first time in Japan, unfolding new aspects of Hokusai’s remarkable life.
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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