Friday, June 10, 2011


Red Mount Fuji
woodblock color print
ca. 1830

Katsushika, Hokusai (1760 – 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter of the Edo period. In his time, he was Japan's leading expert.
His influences stretched to his contemporaries in nineteenth century Europe whose new style Art Nouveau, or Jugendstil in Germany, was influenced by him and by Japanese art in general.
This was also part of the larger Impressionist movement, with similar themes to Hokusai appearing in Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.