Hokusai : Beyond the Great Wave - the exhibition catalogue from British Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Hokusai : Beyond the Great Wave

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'The most important publication for years on Hokusai, and a uniquely valuable overview of the artists' late career' - Asian Art Newspaper

A superbly presented and comprehensive survey of this remarkable artist's late life and work. 

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is widely regarded as one of Japan's most famous and influential artists. He produced works of astonishing beauty right up until his death at the age of ninety. Publications have hitherto presented his long career as a chronological sequence. This beautifully produced book, the exhibition catalogue for a show at the British Museum, takes a fresh approach and focuses on the last 30 years of Hokusai's life - a time when he produced some of his most memorable masterpieces.

The book comprises five essays on Hokusai's life and work in old age, his thought, his technique in woodblock prints and illustrated books, his historical period and social networks; and a catalogue arranged thematically into six sections - Hokusai from twenty to sixty, Mt Fuji and the Great Wave, Worlds Seen, Worlds Imagined, Hokusai's World, and Immortality - with short discussion of individual pictures.

The book features outstanding examples of Hokusai's work including a selection of superb landscapes, intimate domestic scenes, exquisite depictions of flora and fauna and portrayals of supernatural creatures. 

This collection of Hokusai's works draws on the finest to be found in Japan and around the world, making this the most important publication for years on Hokusai, and a uniquely valuable overview of the artist's late career.

  • Author: Timothy Clark, Head of the Japanese Section on the Department of Asia at the British Museum.
  • Hardcover: 352 pages | 286 colour illustrations
  • Date published: May 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500094068
  • Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 25.0 cm

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