Blog Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

Posted Oct. 11, 2018, 7:21 p.m. by T

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

Thames and Hudson

 

Japan and art is not one but a myriad of chapters for themselves.

One of Japan’s preeminent artists is Hokusai, a maestro that achieved the heights of his oeuvre towards the final years of his life and mainstream pop cultural success and appreciation through what is definitely an iconic and one of the more known creations in the realm of art form the land of the rising sun, i.e. The Great Wave, which he created at towards the end of his career.

What Thames and Hudson’s opulently illustrated homage to Hokusai illustrates is that there was much more genius in and behind the man than his more known emissions would suggest. Zero-ing in on the second half of his life, the tome depicts his ambitious endeavours for innovation, marrying impressionism and art noveau and looking to pushing the envelope while choosing themes for his paintings that resonated with the middleclass of the Edo-era.

His most expressive works are the ones personifying forces of nature. The depth and dimensions he gives seemingly overly explored themes is awe-inspiring, which is amplified when one examines the attention to detail he put into his atmospheric carved wood prints.

Thames and Hudson’s tome on the master is a comprehensive one comprised of an interesting mélange of vibrant depictions of his famous paintings, detailed prints and comparative sketches that document how his works came about and evolved over time, with the main focus being on his 1830 landscape series.

Elaborate essays courtesy of Hokusai scholars help to gain a superb understanding of the subtleties and nuances of his works and the way they are penned should be interested to both aficionados in the know as well an the uninitiated.

Beyond the Great Wave gives an excellent overview of is life, how it informed his art and why to this day he is unrivaled in what this great Japanese artist has created.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Zirk! Circus @ Moore Park

Posted by T
July 12, 2019, 3:16 p.m.

ZIRK! CIRCUS SYDNEY OPENING NIGHT Moore Park Sydney, Australia July 6, 2019 As the Colombian sculptor and figurative artists Fernando Botero put it oh so eloquently: “ The circus allows ... read more

Water of Life – Amrut Naarangi and Kadhambam

Posted by T
July 10, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Water of Life – Amrut Naarangi and Kadhambam   I have always had a weak spot for sludge metal from New Orleans and Down’s “Bury me in smoke” is a ... read more

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Edge Brewing Project

Posted by T
July 9, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Edge Brewing Project   There seems to be a newer ending influx of newly established breweries dabbling in the creation of craft beers with ... read more

Water of Life – Sullivans Cove Distillery

Posted by T
July 7, 2019, 12:31 p.m.

Water of Life – Sullivans Cove   Sullivans Cove is quite something. Not that the Australian and specifically Tasmanian whisky scenes lack allure – au contraire – fantastic distilleries are ... read more

Water of Life – Michter’s

Posted by T
July 6, 2019, 1:38 p.m.

Water of Life – Michter’s   Ah, bourbon – the whisky of the South! Full disclosure: On the road, I find it indefinitely harder to locate a good bourbon within ... read more

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.