The Ukiyo-e Style
Katsushika Hokusai was born in Japan in the 18th century. Although not much is known about his family, historians note that Hokusai began painting as early as age six. While he began his career painting actors and courtesans, he soon began to focus on landscapes in the traditional Japanese ukiyo-e style. His paintings feature the bold, flat lines that are commonly found in ukiyo-e paintings. This creates a flat space that relies on lines, shapes and patterns to create a sense of form and depth. Hokusai used this unique artistic style to depict some of the most beautiful natural settings in Japan.
The Great Wave
The most famous Katsushika Hokusai painting is "The Great Wave off Kanagawa." This striking scene features a large ocean wave just as it crests at the top and is about to crash back into the sea. It's a dramatic scene, yet it is comprised of simple shapes and colors to convey the scale and wonder of this natural setting. This is one of the gorgeous hand-painted reproduction paintings you can find in our Hokusai collection at overstockArt. Shop now to find the perfect fit for your space and to pay tribute to this artist's timeless style.
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