Hokusai was one of Japan’s artistic gems, needless to say. His career was eventful and productive. His advancing age played no part in diminishing his abilities, though.
Hokusai was legendary in the art world, particularly in ukiyo-e (the art of the floating world). In fact, we covered a story about his work in the past. Check it out here.
His art involved amazing prints envisioning pilgrims, kimonos, pedlars, and the sceneries of Edo (Tokyo). But would you believe that he was 70 years old when Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji was created? Part of this project is The Great Wave, which you can preview from the stills below.
The last three decades of his career can be best summarized through The Great Wave. It features his genius, which keeps on innovating with visionary imagery, impressionism and art nouveau at the same time.
His last words were very fitting:
“If heaven will afford me five more years of life, then I’ll manage to become a true artist.”