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"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Japan in 1760, he died in 1849.

Hokusai is, without a doubt, the most famous Japanese artist of all time. In the Western world, the discovery of his art in the 19th century led to a period of unprecedented enthusiasm towards Japanese art. Born in a modest family, Hokusai (one of the more than thirty pseudonyms he used throughout his life) had already worked for a book seller and a woodcarver before becoming, at eighteen, an apprentice at the prestigious studio of Katsukawa Shunsho, a master of ukiyo-e, a traditional woodblock printing technique in which Hokusai soon excelled and which made his success. Hokusai’s varied body of work includes portraits of courtesans and actors, illustrated books, architecture handbooks, erotic drawings, scenes of everyday life and landscapes.