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Hokusai Katsushika

Japanese printmaker and painter

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
He is famous for works of ukiyo-e ('pictures of the floating world') in painting and printmaking. He had a long career of over 70 years in diverse media and styles. He studied painting of Ming period (1368-1644) in China to the styles of the Kan? school, Sumiyoshi school, Rinpa painting, and his contemporaries of the Edo period (1600-1868) in Japan; he also learned from Western-style painting. Object types and media included nikuhitsuga (polychrome or ink paintings); surimono ('printed things'; small-edition woodblock prints) and nishikie (polychrome prints); woodblocks for eirihon (illustrated books) and ky?ka ehon (illustrated books of poems called ky?ka); and printed book illustrations for kiby?shi ('yellow cover' books, often moralizing tales and adventures) and yomihon ('reading books,' sometimes historical novels). He was one of the main shunga (erotic picture) artists of the Edo period. Hokusai is thought to have made in all at least 30,000 drawings and the illustrations for 500 books. Since the late 19th century, his work has had a significant impact on Western artists, including Gauguin and van Gogh.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500060426.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Hokusai Katsushika:

Hokusai Katsushika Hunters or Foresters Warming Themselves at Dusk (Minamoto No Muneo Yuki), ca. 1839 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Saddlery Shop Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Crags with Snow and Foliage Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Flower Arrangement Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Flower Cutter and Red Tassel Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Brown and Green Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Viewing the Moon at the Gomeiro House, 1799 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Old Man Feeding the Turtles: Princes and Attendants Approaching Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Rainstorm beneath the Summit (Sanka Haku-u), ca. 1829-1833 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Under Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa [Edo] (Fukagawa Mannen-bashi no shita), ca. 1829-1833 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Inume Pass in Kai Province (Kôshû inume-tôge), ca. 1829-1833 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Ushibori in Hitachi Province (Jôshû Ushibori), ca. 1829-1833 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Viewing Sunset over Ryôgoku Bridge from the Ommaya Embankment [Edo] (Ommayagashi yori Ryôgoku-bashi no sekiyô wo miru), ca. 1829-1833 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Enoshima in Sagami Province (Sôshû Enoshima), ca. 1829-1833 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Fuji Behind Minobu River (Minobu Gawa ura Fuji), ca. 1829-1833 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Manga, ca. 1815-1849 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Manga: Miscellaneous, 1815 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Manga: Miscellaneous, 1816 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Manga: Architectural or Figure Studies, ca. 1815-1849 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Manga: Martial Arts, 1817 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Manga: Famous Views of Japan, 1817 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Manga: Miscellaneous, 1817 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Manga: Character Studies and Fables, 1827 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Manga: Miscellaneous, 1834 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Manga: Figures, 1834 Color woodcut
Hokusai Katsushika Manga: Miscellaneous, ca. 1849 Color woodcut
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