Hokusai created sublime works during the last thirty years of his life, right up to his death at the age of ninety. Publications have hitherto presented his long career as a chronological sequence. This book takes a fresh approach based on innovative scholarship: thematic groupings of works are related to the major spiritual and artistic quests of Hokusai's life.
Hokusai's personal beliefs are studied here through major brush paintings, drawings, woodblock prints and illustrated books. The book gives due attention to the contribution of Hokusai's daughter Eijo (Oi), an accomplished artist in her own right. Hokusai continually explored the mutability and minutiae of natural phenomena in his art. His late subjects and styles were based on a mastery of eclectic Japanese, Chinese and European techniques and an encyclopaedic knowledge of nature, myth, and history. Mount Fuji was the most significant model for Hokusai in his quest for immortality. This collection of Hokusai's works draws on the finest to be found in Japan and around the world, making this the most important publication for years on Hokusai, and a uniquely valuable overview of the artist's late career.
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Timothy Clark is Head of the Japanese Section in the Department of Asia at the British Museum. He has curated many exhibitions on aspects of Japanese art and authored and co-authored numerous books about Japanese pictorial art. Roger Keyes is a leading scholar of ukiyo-e prints and illustrated books who has written and curated widely in the field. He is the author, with the late Peter Morse, of Catalogue Raisonné of the Surviving Single-sheet Prints of Katsushika Hokusai (1972-2007) which comprises 90 volumes of typescript with 5000 illustrations, on deposit at the British Museum.
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