A MASTERPIECE, IN THE HISTORY OF PAINTING (8)

Description of the painting

800px-Katsushika_Hokusai_-_Woodcut_-_Google_Art_Project

TITLE PAINTING: 

Woodcut

THEME:

Realism (Life in Japan in the 18th and 19th centuries)

« Since the age of six, I had the mania for drawing the shapes of objects. About the age of fifty, I published an infinity of drawings; But I am unhappy with all that I have produced before the age of seventy. It was at the age of seventy-three that I understood roughly the form and true nature of birds, fishes, plants, & c. Therefore, at the age of eighty, I shall have made a great deal of progress, I shall arrive at the bottom of things; At a hundred, I shall definitely have reached a superior, indefinable state, and at the age of one hundred and ten, either a point or a line, all will be alive. I ask those who live as much as I do to see if I keep my word. Written, at the age of seventy-five, by me, formerly Hokusai, now Gakyo Rojin, the crazy old man of drawing. « 

DATED:

1806

MEDIUM:

Woodcut

SIZE:

Height: 250 mm (9.84 in). Width: 380 mm (14.96 in

CURRENT LOCATION:

National Museums of World Culture/Stockholm / Göteborg

USER (PHOTO):

DcoetzeeBot

THIS WORK IS PUBLIC DOMAIN IN THE UNITED STATES.

[ Source of the photo and description: commons.wikimedia.org]

Artist:

Katsushika Hokusai

Hokusai_portrait

[ Hokusai portrait ,Source: en.wikipedia.org, Public Domain ]

Born in Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan; supposedly October 31, 1760.

Died in Edo , May 10, 1849 (aged 88).

Hokusai is undoubtedly the greatest painter and designer of ukiyo-e of his time. His work influenced the greatest European artists like Monet and Gauguin.

Born of unknown parents, he attended xylography classes in a workshop in 1775 and then became a student of Katsukawa Shunsho. At the death of the latter, he knows some difficult moments. He continues his apprenticeship and literally absorbs all the techniques of traditional drawing and discovers the perspective resulting from Western art. His works all reveal a great quality of observation in a concern to account for the very source of things. He made an infinitesimal number of sketches of plants, landscapes, animals and characters. Some are likely to advance the number of 30,000.
He died aged after completing a work full of rare excellence. It had for pupil Gakutei, author of surimono and suites of landscapes abounding.

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  1. Merci. Here is a point about the translation to English, which I offer with due respect. « Infinitesimal » means extremely small: approaching zero. It shares a common root with « infinite, » but means nearly the opposite. Thank you for writing in English, for my French is infinitesimal.

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