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Katsushika Hokusai [Shunrō; Sōri; Kakō; Tatsumasa; Gakyōjin; Taito; Iichi; Manji]locked

(b Edo [now Tokyo], 1760; d Edo, 1849).
  • Masato Naitō

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Japanese painter, draughtsman and printmaker. His work not only epitomized ukiyoe (‘pictures of the floating world’) painting and printmaking (see Japan, §VI, 4, (iv), (b)) but represented the essence of artistic endeavour and achievement over a period of 70 years of single-minded creativity. He was a voracious student of a huge range of artistic techniques, ranging from painting of Ming period (...

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