Katsushika Hokusai Matsuri
Special exhibition commemorating the 260 year anniversary of the birth of Katsushika Hokusai
260 years passed since when Katsushika Hokusai born,
whose masterpieces “Fugaku Sanjurokkei” or “Hokusai Manga”.
Born in 1760 (Horeki-era 10) current Sumida ward Tokyo. Hokusai announced work over 30,000 by the time he closes his life at the age of ninety. In his later years he call himself a “art crazy old man“ devotion of a life time to enthusiast painting. There are “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku Sanjurokkei)” and “Hokusai Manga” in the masterpiece. Landscapes of great nature paintings of bold composition people’s lives and social conditions. He left the work of various genres of the four seasons, such as depict flowers, and birds in natural settings.
His paintings give a lot of inspiration for Henri Riviere who is a post impressionism painter in French or Claude Achille Debussy who is a composer.
In 1999 American magazine LIFE published “100 people in the world who have left most important achievements in the Millennium”, Hokusai is the only Japanese ranked in.
In this time, our museum hold “Hokusai Festival”. Because we praise Hokusai’s great achievement in this mark year.
At this special exhibition, we exhibit 27 paintings which selected from “Fugaku Sanjurokkei”, which were painted over he is 70 years old.
In these paintings, we are the most recommend pictures are named “Kanagawa Offshore”. In our museum, you can compare these famous paintings. When you see them, first you are carefully to see the huge wave which is pictured in a flush time and Mt. Fuji which is located in distant place, and then you can compare “the static and dynamic” and “perspective drawing”, finally we want to enjoy every paint difference about “Printings”, which are carefully painted in Edo era (about 190 years ago).