Hokusai (1760 – 1849)

The last feudal Japanese military government which existed between 1603 and 1868 during the known Edo Period, emerged Japanese Art in an obligatory and international recognition of its Art Masters. One of the main names from the end of this same period was Hokusai.

It was a time of political influences and a kind of obligatory opening of Japanese culture to internationals.

Europe was suddenly and completely astonished with the power of art technique brought from Japan to the Occidental world.

I had the incredible chance of seeing a good part of Hokusai body of work in an exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris lately in 2014, which I visited many times. I finally understood the reason why Japanese art was so influential in Europe during the XVIIIth, XIXth and the beginning of the XXth Century, amazed by its details, colors, natural paints and among all, their technique.

Here are three of my preferred works from Hokusai which I think re-unite the reasons of that strong influential power felt mainly during the XIXth Century in Europe: