Hokusai: 11 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Picture of Koi Carp and Turtles, Color Painting on Paper (1813 - 1813) by Hokusai KatsushikaSaitama Prefectual Museum of History and Folklore

'This piece by Katsushika Hokusai, a famous ukiyo-e woodblock print artist, shows two turtles and two koi carp in water.'

Hokusai, Kiseru pipe by Design. Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Goto Yushin, and Tanshinsai SogetsuOriginal Source: Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

'This is a masterpiece of luxury whose collaboration between the artist and the metal craftsman shines through.'

Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Fine Wind, Clear Morning (19c) by Katsushika HokusaiYamatane Museum of Art

'Fuji's slopes is recorded in other paintings and written accounts, but here Hokusai has not simply created a red mountain surface, he heightened that colored surface to create a more striking contrast with the surrounding colors.'

Interior of a Brothel in Yoshiwara (around 1811) by Katsushika HokusaiKobe City Museum

'Moreover, there is no pentaptych nishiki-e by Hokusai except this work that depicts a panoramic view inside a vast brothel in Yoshiwara.'

Famous Places in the Kisokaidō Road in One View (1819) by Katsushika HokusaiKobe City Museum

'Hokusai is famous for his some maps as well as his numerous Nishikie (colored) prints. He draw at least four kinds of maps, "Tōkaidō Meisho Ichiran (Famous Places in the Tōkaidō Road in One View), "Tōdō Meisho no E (Bird's-eye view over China)", "Bōsō Kairiku Shōkei Kiran (Bird's-eye view over the Bōsō Peninsula), and this map depicting bird's-eye view around the Kisokaidō (Nakasendō) road.'

Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji, Tokaido Yoshida (1831) by Katsushika HokusaiTobacco and Salt Museum

'This is one of the famous series of Katsushika Hokusai's "Thirty-Six Views of Mt.'

The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa (1831) by Katsushika HokusaiReading Public Museum

'Hokusai manages, through the clever and dramatic manipulation of space, to dwarf Japan's snow-capped Mt.'

Waterfalls of Various Districts; Kirifuri-no-taki at Kurokami-yama in Shimotsuke Province (1833) by KATSUSHIKA HokusaiShimane Art Museum

'In Hokusai's "Waterfalls of Various Districts," in which he takes up the theme of renowned waterfalls from various regions, he distinguishes the diverse expressions that water possesses, including lines of water flowing downward, wave patterns spreading in deep pools, sheets of spray leaping up, and mist rising over bodies of water.'

Mount Fuji From Lake Ashi in Hakone (Early to Mid 1830s) by Katsushika Hokusai (Signature: Hokusai aratame litsu hitsu)Original Source: Chester Beatty Library

'Hokusai designed very few surimono after 1825 but, in the early 1830's, he began to produce his series of 'Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji' for a commercial publisher, and it was probably around then that he designed this print.'

Shower Below the Summit (Sanka hakuu), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei) (About 1830-32) by Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)The Art Institute of Chicago

'Well before Hokusai's time, Mount Fuji had been worshipped as a sacred mountain, and in his day it was a destination for pilgrims from all over Japan. While known for his novel and dynamic compositions, Hokusai's greatest strength was undoubtedly his remarkable draftsmanship.'

Shell Gathering (Edo period, early 19th century) by Katsushika HokusaiOsaka City Museum of Fine Arts

'This scene of springtime shell-gathering was hand-painted by Katsushika Hokusai, one of the most well known ukiyo-e artists of the late Edo period. Hokusai captured images of women and children in a vast space, emphasizing distance with a colorful touch.'

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