Item description for Hokusai: Mountains and Water, Flowers and Birds (Pegasus Series) by Matthi Forrer...
This delightful selection of prints depicting nineteenth century Japan's natural beauty is a colorful introduction to the country's most beloved artist.
The Japanese artist Hokusai spent the second half of his life sketching and painting with tremendous energy nearly everything he saw, and this book focuses on one of his most productive periods, when the artist was in his seventies. This volume of full-color reproductions features fifty works of the artist's astonishing oeuvre. The book includes selections from his renowned series of woodblock prints, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, including "In the Hollow of a Wave," "Shower below the Summit," and "South Wind at Clear Dawn." Also presented here are images of flowers, waterfalls, bridges, birds, and fish, demonstrating the uniquely precise yet passionate quality of Hokusai's art. An expert on the artist's work, Matthi Forrer provides illuminating commentary on Hokusai's life and technique, offering revealing insight into his enduring popularity in Japan and throughout the world.
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Genius Does What it Must Mar 20, 2007
The textural conversation concerning the Japanese print can only be resolved by looking at the prints. Hokkusai....Hiroshige...or whomever: these prints were made by men who had to make a living doing what they did. They were absolutely no different than any contemporary artist who has agents and who depends solely upon sales of their work for their survival. It is no accident that Van Gogh wasted a lot of valuable time introducing Japanese prints to Parisians. And it is not about who is unparalleled: Hokkusai, on a one-to-one showdown of sheer visual power is one of the great masters of visual communication. If you know what you are looking at this is a treasure trove, and if you don't know what you are looking at this is a good place to start if you have an interest in the hisorical place of genius.