Artastic Artist: Hokusai

You’ve probably seen the famous image of The Great Wave of Kanagawa before in a million different places. Easily one of the most famous single paintings in the world, it was painted nearly two hundred years ago by the famous Japanese master painter, Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎). Hokusai was born in 1760, and lived to be 89 years old, dying in 1849. I’ve always loved the painting of the Great Wave, but was just recently reminded of Hokusai by this video I found on YouTube of his paintings and sketchbooks being brought to life with animation! The video is really cool, if kind of silly with the trite old British man narration. Watch the video below for a little biography of the Japanese icon and some cool visuals, and click the image above to be linked to a website of his complete works.

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