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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.

Collected by a major museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2015
Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and the MetThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
2014
The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg CollectionThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
HokusaiRMN Grand Palais
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Fine Wind, Clear Morning (Gaif^u kaisei), ca. 1800-1849

Color woodblock print
10 1/8 × 15 in
25.7 × 38.1 cm
Permanent collection
Location
Indianapolis
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Image provided by Indianapolis Museum of Art

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.

Collected by a major museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
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