Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), one of the most renowned ukiyo-e artists of the late Edo Period (1603-1868), is still, even 165 years after his death, growing in popularity worldwide.
Following in the footsteps of his master, Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1792), Hokusai not only perfected his skills in ukiyo-e but also developed various styles of Japanese painting, such as Kano-ha, Rinpa and Sumiyoshi-ha, while incorporating Chinese and Western styles into his work. His images had a profound influence on European Impressionists, including Claude Monet, and French composer Claude Debussy is known to have chosen a reproduction of Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” to be the cover of the first-edition score of “La Mer” (1905).
For this exhibition, the MOA Museum is showing its entire collection of Hokusai’s masterpiece “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” a total of 46 prints; Sept. 6-24.
MOA Museum of Art; 26-2 Momoyama-cho, Atami, Shizuoka. Atami Stn. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ¥1,600. Closed Thu. 0557-84-2511; www.moaart.or.jp