10 Interesting Hokusai Facts

Wednesday, June 29th 2016. | People

Hokusai Facts will tell you about the notable Japanese printmaker, ukiyo-e painter and artist. He was known during the Edo period. Hokusai was born on 31st October 1760 in Edo and died on 10th May 1849. The Chinese painting styles influenced the painting style of Hokusai. Hokusai was noted due to his work of Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. It was the woodblock print series. Let’s check other interesting facts about Hokusai below:

Hokusai Facts 1: The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa was another important work of Hokusai which gained critical acclaim in the international work. In 1820, Hokusai created the work.

Hokusai Facts 2: “Thirty-Six Views”

There were two important reasons why “Thirty-Six Views” was created by Hokusai. This man was obsessed with Mount Fuji. Moreover, he wanted to depict the domestic travel boom.

Hokusai Facts

Hokusai Facts

Hokusai Facts 3: the fame of Hokusai

Hokusai is not only recognized in Japan, but also in other parts of the world due his impressive The Great Wave print and Fine Wind, Clear Morning.

Hokusai Facts 4: the early life

It was believed that Hokusai was from an artisan family. The family lived in Katsushika district of Edo, Japan.

Hokusai Images

Hokusai Images

Hokusai Facts 5: the parents of Hokusai

Nakajima Ise was the father of Hokusai. He worked as a mirror maker. The mirrors that he produced were sent to the shogun.

Hokusai Facts 6: the mother of Hokusai

It was believed that the mother of Hokusai was likely a concubine because Hokusai was not made into an heir by his father. When Hokusai was still a child, he was called Tokitaro.

Hokusai Painting

Hokusai Painting

Hokusai Facts 7: painting

When Hokusai was only 6 years old, he began learning how to paint.  His father probably taught him because making a mirror also involved painting. Find facts about Pop Art here.

Hokusai Facts 8: working in a bookshop

His father sent him to work in a bookshop when Hokusai was 12 years old. At that time, the middle and upper classes in Japan were interested and entertained to read book written in wood cut blocks.

Hokusai Pic

Hokusai Pic

Hokusai Facts 9: an apprentice

He was apprenticed to a wood carved when Hokusai was 14 years old. Then he worked at Katsukawa Shunsho’s studio. Get facts about the colour wheel here.

Hokusai Facts 10: the works of Hokusai

There are many works of Hokusai such as from A Tour of Japanese Waterfalls, Courtesan asleep, Sketch of the Tago Bay near Ejiri on the Tokaido and Amida Waterfall far in the Distance on the Kiso Road.



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