Wednesday, September 15, 2010

a little history on Katsushika Hokusai

Hokusai (1760-1849)
Katsushika Hokusai in the name we know him as, but the truth of the matter is changed his name some thirty times in this life. Once signing his art work "The Art-Crazy Old Man". Hokusai’s works consist of brush painting, silk art, illustrations and what he is most famous for his wood block prints or ukiyo-e as it was called in his time.
I think this man wanted to be so much more then a man, he wanted to be the best man knowing he had a long way to go to achieve that he was noted saying "From the age of six I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was fifty I had published a universe of designs. but all I have done before the age of seventy is not worth bothering with. At seventy five I'll have learned something of the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish and insects. When I am eighty you will see real progress. At ninety I shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself. At a hundred I shall be a marvellous artist. At a hundred and ten everything I create; a dot, a line, will jump to life as never before. To all of you who are going to live as long as I do, I promise to keep my word. I am writing this in my old age. I used to call myself Hokosai, but today I sign myself 'The Old Man Mad About Drawing." – Hokusai ( he lived in to his late 70’s and was noted saying , "If only Heaven will give me just another ten years... Just another five more years, then I could become a real painter." He died on April 18, 1849

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