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Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence

Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), a renowned painter, book illustrator, and print designer, has gained worldwide recognition as one of the most influential Japanese artists. His impact on the Japonisme movement in 19th-century Europe is notable, and his iconic images, such as the famous "The Great Wave" woodblock print, continue to inspire artists today in a variety of mediums, ranging from sculpture and printmaking to anime and emojis.

This publication explores Hokusai's influence on fellow artists of various mediums, from his students to his rivals and posthumous admirers. With extensive illustrations and insightful texts, readers are invited to discover the origins and lasting charm of Hokusai's delightful art, stretching from late 19th century Japan to the present day.

Artists featured in this collection include Félix Bracquemond, John Cederquist, Arthur Wesley Dow, Hiroshige, Sori Hishikawa, Hokkei, Hokusai, Winslow Homer, Loïs Mailou Jones, Henri Gustave Jossot, Shun’ei Katsukawa, Shunsho Katsukawa, Oi Katsushika, Eisen Keisai, Korin, Kuniyoshi, Paul Legrand, Manjiro Hokuga, Ogata Korin, Odilon Redon, Henri Rivière, Hoitsu Sakai, Hokuju Shotei, Hokushu Shunkosai, Kogan Tobari, Hokkei Totoya, Toyoharu Utagawa, Utamasa, Édouard Vuillard, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Samuel Wilson, and Shigenobu Yanagawa.


  • Product Type: Exhibition Catalog, Paperback
  • 168 pages, with 120 illustrations
  • Published in 2023
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10.0 × 8.5 × 0.75 inches  (25.4 × 21.6 × 1.9 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 lb (27.2 oz; 771 g)
  • SKU010009265 | 9780878468904

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Katsushika Hokusai at age 83, portrait by one of his disciples

About the Artist

Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai, known simply as Hokusai (1760—1849) was a Japanese master artist and printmaker of the ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) school. His early works represent the full spectrum of ukiyo-e art, including single-sheet prints of landscapes and actors, hand paintings, and surimono (“printed things”), such as greetings and announcements. His famous print series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” published between 1826 and 1833, marked the summit in the history of the Japanese landscape print.

Katsushika Hokusai in the Chrysler Museum
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