Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period (1600-1800s). This big and beautiful book (published by Phaidon) presents a comprehensive survey of the work of one of Japan’s greatest and most influential artists, with over 700 pieces of art work spanning 520 pages.
(above) “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” is Hokusai’s most iconic and recognizable wood block print.
(above & below) Hokusai’s subject matters were greatly varied and he also created some Shunga ( Japanese erotic art ). “The Dream Of The Fisherman’s Wife” (above right) is undoubtably his most famous piece.
I adore Hokusai’s landscape woodblock prints the most, for their austere forms and vistas which I find to be pleasantly calming. I also studied and practiced woodblock printing as an art student and so understand the workings of the medium a little better.
A splendid and most comprehensive collection of Hokusai’s art work, all in one book. Perfect for study, reference or just simply appreciation. My highest recommendations.
“Hokusai – Phaidon Art Book″ details :
– Dimensions – 11.4 x 10 x 1.6 inches
– Soft cover, 520 pages
– Full color
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