Hokusai!! One of the great masters to ever live upon our dear planet. Enjoy this lovely post by The Awakened Eye.
There’s hardly a better window onto everyday life in Japan in the nineteenth century than the one Katsushika Hokusai opens in astonishing detail, and his studies in nature are pure nourishment for the soul. This post is prompted by the current Hokusai exhibition at the NGV. According to the media releases, 176 of Hokusai’s works will be shown, many for the first time in Australia. (See gallery information below.) The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to immerse ourselves once again in the genius of a brilliant Japanese artist and printmaker, who, on his deathbed at eighty-nine is reported to have exclaimed, “If I had another five years, I could have become a real painter.”
Not having seen the exhibition, I can’t claim the works I’m posting here are included. (You can find wonderful preview images on the NGV website and in this gallery at the Guardian.) I’ve gone…
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