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In memoriam: Katsushika Hokusai
October 31, 1760 – May 10, 1849
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Katsushika Hokusai died #onthisday in 1849. Hokusai is one of the most famous Japanese artists, and a key figure of the ukiyo-e (‘floating world’) school 🌊
These prints all come from his series Fugaku sanjūrokkei (‘Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji’) made around 1829–1832. The major factor in establishing landscape as a new genre of ukiyo-e print was probably the sudden availability in the later 1820s of cheap Berlin blue. This strong, brilliant pigment could be used for water and sky, and would not fade. Hokusai used this new blue pigment to revolutionary effect in this series.