Katsushika Hokusai, ‘The House of Broken Plates, from the series One Hundred Ghost Tales [« Manoir aux assiettes » de la série des « Cent contes aux fantômes »]’, ca. 1831-1832, RMN Grand Palais

« Manoir aux assiettes » de la série des « Cent contes aux fantômes » réalisée par le peintre japonais Hokusai vers 1831-1832.

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Exhibition venue: RMN-Grand Palais, Paris (2014)

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