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Through his elegant brush paintings and masterful woodblocks, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) became one of Japan's most internationally-renowned artists. A master of ukiyo-eart, he singlehandedly transformed the art form from a simple style focused on courtesans and famous actors into a grander style depicting the beauty of nature seen through landscapes and wildlife. His style of art and his subjects evolved as many times as he changed his name, but Hokusai's talent as an artist remained constant and his influential role in later art movements such as Art Nouveau and Impressionism remains eternal.
Publisher: New York : Parkstone International, 2014.
ISBN: 9781783105663
Branch Call Number: 769.92 KATSU HOL
Characteristics: 255 pages : color illustrations ; 17 cm
Additional Contributors: Katsushika, Hokusai 1760-1849.


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Apr 09, 2018

The first image dates from when he was about 30 years old (gives any young, ambitious, and mostly impatient artist some reason for hope). The information in the text is mostly biographical, and includes some peculiarities of the man: he was such a slob, that, rather than cleaning, he simply moved out; he lived 90 years and moved 93 times (if you're a twelve year old boy reading this, do not use this example as an excuse!). Page 57 has an intricate and balanced group (others are 79, 81, and 87). Page 71 is one of many very queer pictures: the eye cannot rest, and one cannot reckon what is going on. Page 105 is an awesome storm scene. Other pictures that I liked were on pages 135, 159, 181, 229, and 247. Many of the pictures have visual echoes from one part to another (like tiger claws and tree leaves in picture on p. 247), creating visually engaging formally while complemented by the uses of colour.

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