Clear day with a southern breeze (Red Fuji) from Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. On display 25 May – 13 August.

The artist Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

Experience the beautiful and sublime work of one of Japan’s greatest artists. Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous and influential artists. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90. This new exhibition will lead you on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life – a time when he produced some of his most memorable masterpieces.

Throughout the exhibition, outstanding examples of Hokusai’s work will show the artist’s creative breadth and depth. A selection of superb landscapes is introduced with the iconic Great Wave – itself part of a print series of views of Mt Fuji. Intimate domestic scenes capture fleeting moments in private lives. Exquisite depictions of flora and fauna display an innate skill in representing the natural world. The artist’s imagination is given full rein in the portrayal of supernatural creatures such as ghosts and deities. Through all of these works, explore Hokusai’s personal beliefs and gain a fascinating insight into the artist’s spiritual and artistic quest in his later years.

The exhibition will include prints, paintings and illustrated books, many of which are on loan from Japan, Europe and the USA. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these extraordinary works together. For more information visit the website of the British Museum.

The artist Hokusai

Poppies. Colour woodblock, 1831-1832. On display 25 May – 13 August.

Poppies. Colour woodblock, 1831-1832. On display 25 May – 13 August.

Suspension bridge on the border between Hizen and Etchū provinces. Colour woodblock, 1834. On display 25 May – 2 July.

Suspension bridge on the border between Hizen and Etchū provinces. Colour woodblock, 1834. On display 25 May – 2 July.

Under the wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) from Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. Acquired with the assistance of the Art Fund. On display 25 May – 13 August.

Under the wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) from Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. Acquired with the assistance of the Art Fund. On display 25 May – 13 August.

Umezawa Manor in Sagami Province from Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. On display 7 July – 13 August.

Umezawa Manor in Sagami Province from Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. On display 7 July – 13 August.

Year-end accounts. Ink and colour on old Dutch paper, 1824–1826. National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden. On display 25 May – 2 July.

Year-end accounts. Ink and colour on old Dutch paper, 1824–1826. National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden. On display 25 May – 2 July.

Hokusai
beyond the Great Wave

25 May – 13 August 2017

Closed 3 – 6 July 2017

Vincent Moleveld