Born on 12 october in Edo (modern Tokyo) in 1760 Hokusai was a versatile
artist and one of the greatest masters of the japanese print. Apprenticed to
the *ukiyo-e master Shunsho he abandoned traditional styles of engraving for
the colored woodcut design of the ukiyo-e school. He later studied with
various painters, his 10 volumes of the Mangwa (1814-1819 - Sketches at
Random) depict most facets of Japanese life. Numerous commissions for book
illustrations, portraits of women - his work covered the whole spectrum of
ukiyo-e art - individual prints, picture books, books of anecdote,
illustrations of verse and historical romances, erotic books, paintings and
sketches. He is best known for his "Hundred Views of Mount Fuji" of 1835.
And brought a greatness to ukio-e raising landscape, flower and bird
painting to the status of independent genres. Bold color combinations, a
diversity of themes, his work reflects the world of the imagination of the
* Ukiyo-e - was the fashionable genre painting of the Tokugawa period - (wood block print design).
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