The Art of Hokusai
Opening Date: 25 June 2003
Closing Date: 30 September 2003
Location: The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
The woodblock print designer Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1848) is one of Japan’s most celebrated artists. During a hugely productive artistic career that spanned seventy years, he created an astonishing range of works, including prints of beautiful women, landscapes, flowers and animals, as well as illustrated books and artists’ manuals.
‘The Art of Hokusai’, Masterpieces of Japanese Woodblock Printing featured seventy-five of Hokusai’s finest prints and printed books acquired by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty in the 1950s, giving an insight into the extraordinary breadth of his work. Highlights included a selection of his famous views of Mount Fuji and rare examples of the exquisite, privately published prints known as surimono.