The master ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai was named by LIFE magazine as one of “the 100 Most Important Events and People of the Past 1,000 Years.” His art influenced many Western artists including Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin, among others, and enthusiasm for his works has remained undimmed to this day. Numerous brands including Dior, Adidas, Puma and Uniqlo have introduced Hokusai inspired prints in their products, while the water wave Whatsapp emoji based on Hokusai’s woodcut had further popularized his works to global audiences. Furthermore, the famed “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” will be featured in the 2019 edition of the Japanese passport. Hokusai is known for his bold techniques and use of vivid colors, while his ink drawings are appreciated for their fine textures and sensitive brushstrokes; the red Mount Fuji depicted in “Fine Wind, Clear Morning” and the sea wave in “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” have become the very symbol of Japanese art.
This film leads the audiences through a flagship Katsushika Hokusai exhibition and contains interviews with such luminaries as British artist David Hockney and the head of Japanese collections at the British Museum, as well as numerous renowned Japanese and British art scholars, who will trace Hokusai’s artistic evolution from manga to ukiyo-e prints and ink paintings and investigate the enduring appeal of this Japanese master.
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K11 Art House