Hokusai and Sea - Chie-no Umi, Picture of 1,000 Seas

Hokusai and Sea - Chie-no Umi, Picture of 1,000 Seas
Katsushika Hokusai is quite possibly the best Japanese ukiyo-e artist. Hokusai was known as, “the man who was mad with producing Japanese prints.” At the age of five he was already obsessed with drawing and painting. Hokusai is also known to be the most complicated of the Japanese ukiyo-e artists. In Hokusai’s whole lifetime he changed his name many times, Hokusai is just one of them. Plus he also moved around a lot; to be precise 93 times, so it was really hard for anyone person to get intact with him. Nonetheless, Hokusai has produced a tremendous amount of outstanding prints and paintings from which has made him famous.

On the autumn of 1760, Hokusai was born. When Hokusai turned nineteen, he enrolled in an art school called, Katsukawa Art School. Soon after his master, Katsukawa Shunsho’s, death, Hokusai was expelled for many reasons. One was that he was “flirting” with the other art schools and another was that he was upset with the decision of who should become the next head master.

Although Hokusai was expelled, he continued his studies in art and continues to produce his own collections of prints and paintings. With his interest in western paintings, mainly the Dutch, paintings, he started his own collections of prints with the addition of the western style. Some of his best-known prints are the series of, 36 Views of Mt. Fuji, Chie-no Umi (One Thousand Seas, 1826), and Ryukyu Hakkie (8 Views of Ryukyu, 1829). Hokusai’s works are known to be the best of its style and type of prints.

During Hokusai’s last days he had produced over thirty thousand prints. Hokusai lived till he was eighty-nine. Although he wanted to live way beyond eighty-nine as quoted in his autobiography:

Hokusai’s last words when he died on April 18, 1849 was:

"If heaven gives me ten more years, or an extension of even five years, I shall surely become a true artist." -(Hokusai)-

Chie-no Umi Fukkoku, 10 prints, made by Tokyo Dento Mokuhanga Kogei Kyokai (Tokyo Traditional Woodblock Prints Craft Associates) as their Fukkoku projects.