Katsushika Hokusai, Ukiyo-e & Edo Period Japan

Katsushika Hokusai 1760-1849

Girl with Umbrella under a Willow c1800, Ukiyo-e, Katsushika Hokusai

Girl with Umbrella under a Willow

Katsushika Hokusai is one of Japanís most famous artists. Even if you do not recognise the name, it is possible you will have seen images of Hokusai' work somewhere. Though he died nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, his work is still as popular today as it was during his lifetime. Katsushika Hokusai's pictures were not only brilliant in their own right, but they challenged the very way that the nation viewed the world around it and would influence people living far from the islands of Japan.

Hokusai Online aims to provide a resource and guide for those who are interested in Hokusai and/or Ukiyo-e in general. This site is by no means exhaustive but will give visitors a good insight into Hokusai's life and provide a range of information on his work, fellow ukiyo-e artists and Edo Period Japan.

So please explore this site and enjoy the work of Katsushika Hokusai!

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai, perhaps the most recognisable
ukiyo-e print