Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

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The artist whom the world has come to know as Hokusai was actually not born with that name, nor did he die with it. During his life span of almost ninety years ( 1760-1849) he used no less than thirty different names to sign his work, a staggering number even in the Japan of his day, when four or five changes of name were a common practice. And when one adds to this yet another startling number -- the ninety-or-so homes he is said to have lived in at one time or another -- there emerges a picture of restlessness and change that challenges a psychologist's curiosity.

And Hokusai had other quirks of character, all adding up to a most uncommon personality -- "uncommon even for an artist" and all the more uncommon for a Japanese artist living in a land and at a time when the romantic . . .

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