The Art of Katsushika Hokusai Part III

When he was 12, his father sent him to work in a bookshop and lending library, where the books were made from wood-cut blocks. Two years later, he became an apprentice to a wood-carver. He worked here until he turned 18. After this, was accepted into the studio of Katsukawa Shunshō,  a ukiyo-e artist. Ukiyo-e focused on images of the courtesans and Kabuki actors.

After Shunshō’s death in 1793, Hokusai began exploring French and Dutch copper engravings. He changed the subjects of his works, focusing more on landscapes and images of the daily Japanese life. A change that was a breakthrough in ukiyo-e. Next, he began to produce brush paintings, called surimono.

In 1811,  he created the Hokusai Manga. His later sketches and caricatures influenced the modern form of today’s manga. In all there are 12 volumes that include thousands of drawings.

Plum Blossom and the Moon - Katsushika Hokusai -

“Plum Blossoms and the Moon

Cranes on a Snowy Pine - Katsushika Hokusai -

“Crane on a Snowy Pine”

“Drawing of a Tengu”


“Courtesan. Painting on silk”


“Old Tiger in the Snow”

White Shell (Shiragai) - Katsushika Hokusai -

White Shell (Shiragai)”

Horse Talisman (Mayoke) - Katsushika Hokusai -

“Horse Talisman (Mayoke)”

Surimono Uma (No) Senbetsu. Cadeau D'Adieu - Katsushika Hokusai -

Surimono Uma (no) Senbetsu

Surimono Anba Umafubuki. Cheval D'Arcons Et Bardane - Katsushika Hokusai -“Surimono Anba Umafukuki”

Katsushika Hokusai, The Complete Works

One thought on “The Art of Katsushika Hokusai Part III

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