MATERIAL: Woodblock Printed
TYPE: Print Book
DIMENSIONS: 6 1/4 X 9 1/2 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 60 pages, 58 have fine Japanese woodblock prints
CONDITION: Original covers & title slip.
ITEM ID: 2044

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Hokusai Samurai Print Book

Notes: Meiji 45

Japanese woodblock print book, Samurai by Hokusai.

Name: Hokusai
Type: Artist
Artists Dates: 31 October 1760 – 10 May 1849
Artist Information: Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎, c. 31 October 1760 – 10 May 1849), known simply as Hokusai, was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. His work transformed the ukiyo-e artform from a style of portraiture largely focused on courtesans and actors into a much broader style of art that focused on landscapes, plants, and animals. Starting as a young child, he continued working and improving his style until his death, aged 88. In a long and successful career, he produced over 30,000 paintings, sketches, woodblock prints, and images for picture books in total. Innovative in his compositions and exceptional in his drawing technique, Hokusai is considered one of the greatest masters in the history of art.