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Friday, August 12, 2011

Hokusai


Fuji Seen Through the Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa
c.1831
woodblock print

Katsushika, Hokusai (1760 – 1849). Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter of the Edo period.
Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku Sanjūroku-kei, c. 1831) which includes Fuji Seen Through the Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa.
His influences stretched to his contemporaries in nineteenth century Europe whose new style Art Nouveau, or Jugendstil in Germany, was influenced by him. This was also part of the larger Impressionist movement, with similar themes to Hokusai appearing in Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.