Katsushika Hokusai, ‘Fine Wind, Clear Morning (Gaif^u kaisei)’, ca. 1800-1849, Indianapolis Museum of Art

About Katsushika Hokusai

Adhering to a common Japanese practice with extreme frequency, Katsushika Hokusai transitioned between upwards of 30 pseudonyms throughout his career, each correlating to a different period or style. Despite the many changes, his surname prevails—Hokusai—which unites the surplus of monikers into a single legacy for the artist, printmaker, and ukiyo-e painter. In his early work, Hokusai depicted the traditional subject matter of ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings, Kabuki actors; however, he monumentally revolutionized the medium by shifting his focus to landscapes and images of daily life in Japan. Hokusai is best-known for his woodblock series, “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” (1831), which mastered the landscape while exploring the relationship between man and environment, and contained the The Great Wave off Kanagawa, which remains one of the most universally recognized icons of Japanese art.

Japanese, 1760-1849, Tokyo, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan

Solo Shows on Artsy

Hokusai: Great work, Small sizes, Ronin Gallery, New York
Hokusai, RMN Grand Palais, Paris

Group Shows on Artsy

After the Bath, Ronin Gallery, New York
40 For 40, Ronin Gallery, New York
Taboo: Ukiyo-e and Japanese Tattoo, Ronin Gallery, New York
The Sea: Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e, Ronin Gallery, New York