Isaac Meyer

Historian, teacher, podcaster

Episode 202 – The Old Man Mad About Art

Today we discuss Japan’s greatest artistic genius, Katsushika Hokusai!

Listen to the episode here.
Sources
Katsushika Hokusai – The complete works

Some Hokusai content from the Met Museum

Strange, Edward F. Hokusai: The Old Man Mad About Painting

Images

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Fireworks over Ryogoku Bridge, one of Hokusai’s earliest landscapes.

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Hokusai painting the great Daruma in Nagoya. Though the original is lost, promotional materials survive that give us a sense of the scale involved.

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa

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An earlier attempt at a wave drawing from 1804. You can see substantial technical improvements in the Great Wave.

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The Hokusai Manga.

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Another image from the Hokusai Manga.

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Hokusai’s self portrait as an old man.

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Ducks in a Stream, completed by Hokusai at the age of 87.

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2 Comments

  1. David Barber

    Another resource: I visited the recently opened Sumida Hokusai Museum located near the Ryogoku Station last Friday — their collection of thirty-six views of Mount Fuji is fantastic. http://hokusai-museum.jp/

  2. Fascinating stuff. Here’s something that may add a bit more to the magic.

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