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Paintings, Drawings, and Sketches by Katsushika Hokusai in the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art
Katsushika Hokusai Frank Feltens

HOKUSAI'S BRUSH is a companion to the Freer Gallery of Art's yearlong exhibition that celebrates the artist's fruitful career. The Freer, home to the world's largest collection of paintings by Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai, has put on view for the first time in a decade his incredible and rarely seen sketches, drawings and paintings. Together with essays that explore his life and career, HOKUSAI'S BRUSH offers an in-depth breakdown of each painting, providing amazing commentary that highlight Hokusai's mastery and detail.

While best known for his woodblock print series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” and particularly the widely recognisable “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” Hokusai is said to have produced 30,000 pieces of art. He lived until he was ninety years old and his last words were reportedly to say that if heaven were to grant him another five or ten years, then he could become a true painter. Every stunning page of HOKUSAI'S BRUSH is a testament to the humility of that statement, emphasising his artistry and skill, the likes of which shaped the Impressionist movement by inspiring artists such as Monet, Degas and van Gogh.

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  • Published : 08/11/2020
  • ISBN : 9781588347008
  • Format : Paperback
  • Imprint : Smithsonian Books
  • Size (mm): 152 x 300
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 156
  • Edition :