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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

Hokusai was a leading master of the ukiyo-e period, and one of the best landscape artists of his time. His bold and original landscapes are a testament to his artistic genius and creativity. He was a prolific artist, creating more than 30,000 prints during his lifetime, and using 31 different artist names during his long career. He continued to work until his death at nearly ninety years of age.

Early life

Born in Edo (present-day Tokyo) in 1760, Hokusai first apprenticed as a wood engraver. Then, at the age of eighteen, he became a student of Shunsho, a well-known ukiyo-e master. Hokusai's early prints were of actors, sumo wrestlers, beauties, and surimono (privately commissioned prints). He also studied with Yusen, a painting master of the Kano School, and studied Chinese painting and Western techniques on his own.

Woodblock printing

Hokusai earned his greatest acclaim with his masterwork series, The Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji, a total of forty-six prints published in the early 1830s. These landscapes represent a synthesis of all that Hokusai had learned from his studies of both Eastern and Western art, combining masterful compositions and excellent draftsmanship with the greatest skill in printing techniques. Hokusai's Fuji series also established landscape as an important subject in Japanese prints, which had long been dominated by portraits of beauties and actors. The Great Wave from this series is one of the best-known Japanese woodblocks of all time, and it had a major impact on Western artists.

Hokusai's other series include One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji, Unusual Views of Famous Bridges in the Provinces, A Journey to the Waterfalls of all the Provinces, fifteen Manga or sketchbooks, and many kacho-e (bird and flower prints).

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The Great Wave by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

The Great Wave


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $91.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 22
Ends: 2d 12h 47m218833
Roben Waterfall at Oyama in Sagami Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Roben Waterfall at Oyama in Sagami Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $42.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 10
Ends: 2d 12h 46m218773
The Drum Bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

The Drum Bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $26.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 2
Ends: 2d 12h 40m218413
Sumidagawa River by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Sumidagawa River


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$55.00 Fixed Price
Mt. Fuji from Suzaki  by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Mt. Fuji from Suzaki


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$75.00 Fixed Price
View of the Cave of Takinogawa by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

View of the Cave of Takinogawa


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$65.00 Fixed Price
Fuji under Clear Skies by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Fuji under Clear Skies


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$175.00 Fixed Price
Tipsy Beauty by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Tipsy Beauty


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$75.00 Fixed Price
Juniso at Yotsuya by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Juniso at Yotsuya


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$65.00 Fixed Price
Fuji in the Mountains of Taisekiji Temple by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Fuji in the Mountains of Taisekiji Temple


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$65.00 Fixed Price
Mt. Fuji from Mishima in Koshu by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Mt. Fuji from Mishima in Koshu


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$85.00 Fixed Price
Fuji and Ascending Dragon by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Fuji and Ascending Dragon


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$425.00 Fixed Price
Two Beauties Under a Bridge by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Two Beauties Under a Bridge


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$65.00 Fixed Price
Two Beauties and a Looking Glass by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Two Beauties and a Looking Glass


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$75.00 Fixed Price
Choshi in Shimosa Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Choshi in Shimosa Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$245.00 Fixed Price
Char Fishing at Night in Koshu by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Char Fishing at Night in Koshu


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$85.00 Fixed Price
Mt. Fuji as Seen from Sumida by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Mt. Fuji as Seen from Sumida


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$75.00 Fixed Price
Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine reprint from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$225.00 Fixed Price
Fuji at Sea (Hokusai's Reverse Wave) by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Fuji at Sea (Hokusai's Reverse Wave)


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


The great masterwork from the rarest Takamizawa Hokusai series!
$825.00 Fixed Price
View from Inume Pass in Kai Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

View from Inume Pass in Kai Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Tsukuda Island in Musashi Province, Edo by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Tsukuda Island in Musashi Province, Edo


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Lake Suwa in Shinano Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Lake Suwa in Shinano Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$65.00 Fixed Price
Fuji from the Tea Plantation of Katakura in Suruga Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Fuji from the Tea Plantation of Katakura in Suruga Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Woodcutters in the Totomi Mountains by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Woodcutters in the Totomi Mountains


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Reflection in Lake Misaka, Kai Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Reflection in Lake Misaka, Kai Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Waterwheel at Onden by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Waterwheel at Onden


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Lower Meguro by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Lower Meguro


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Hakone Lake in Sagami Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Hakone Lake in Sagami Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
The Back of Mt. Fuji from the Minobu River by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

The Back of Mt. Fuji from the Minobu River


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Mountain Climbers by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Mountain Climbers


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Fuji from Gotenyama by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Fuji from Gotenyama


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Lumberyards on the Takekawa River at Honjo by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Lumberyards on the Takekawa River at Honjo


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Fuji Seen from the Senju Pleasure Quarters by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Fuji Seen from the Senju Pleasure Quarters


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Sekiya Village on the Sumida River by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Sekiya Village on the Sumida River


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Surugadai in Edo by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Surugadai in Edo


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Senju in Musashi Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Senju in Musashi Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Mishima Pass in Kai Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Mishima Pass in Kai Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
The Bay of Noboto in Shimosa Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

The Bay of Noboto in Shimosa Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Under the Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa, Edo by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Under the Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa, Edo


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Yoshida on the Tokaido Road by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Yoshida on the Tokaido Road


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
At Sea off Kazusa by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

At Sea off Kazusa


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Fujimigahara (Fuji-View Fields) by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Fujimigahara (Fuji-View Fields)


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Small format, Yuyudo publisher
$55.00 Fixed Price
Nakahara in Sagami Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Nakahara in Sagami Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine Gihachi Okuyama Nippon Wood-prints Studio reprint
$115.00 Fixed Price
Mountain Climbers by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Mountain Climbers


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine Gihachi Okuyama Nippon Wood-prints Studio reprint
$115.00 Fixed Price
Lake Suwa in Shinano Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Lake Suwa in Shinano Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine Gihachi Okuyama Nippon Wood-prints Studio reprint
$215.00 Fixed Price
Sekiya Village on the Sumida River by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Sekiya Village on the Sumida River


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine Gihachi Okuyama Nippon Wood-prints Studio reprint
$135.00 Fixed Price
The Back of Mt. Fuji from the Minobu River by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

The Back of Mt. Fuji from the Minobu River


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine Gihachi Okuyama Nippon Wood-prints Studio reprint
$135.00 Fixed Price
Yoshida on the Tokaido Road by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Yoshida on the Tokaido Road


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine Gihachi Okuyama Nippon Wood-prints Studio reprint
$115.00 Fixed Price
Woodcutters in the Totomi Mountains by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Woodcutters in the Totomi Mountains


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine Gihachi Okuyama Nippon Wood-prints Studio reprint
$135.00 Fixed Price
Mishima Pass in Kai Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Mishima Pass in Kai Province


Hokusai (1760 - 1849)


Fine Gihachi Okuyama Nippon Wood-prints Studio reprint
$155.00 Fixed Price

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