Hokusai

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), whose views of Mt Fuji such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa (pictured) are some of the most iconic in world art.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), the Japanese artist whose views of Mt Fuji such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa (pictured) are some of the most iconic in world art. He worked as Japan was slowly moving towards greater contact with the outside world, trading with China and allowing two Dutch ships to dock each year. From these ships he picked up new synthetic colours and illustrations with Western compositions, which he incorporated in his traditional wood block prints. The quality of his images helped drive demand for prints among the highly literate Japanese public, particularly those required to travel to Edo under feudal obligations and who wanted to collect all his prints. As well as the quality of his work, Hokusai's success stems partly from his long life and career. He completed some of his most memorable works in his 70s and 80s and claimed he would not reach his best until he was 110.

With

Angus Lockyer
Lecturer in Japanese History at SOAS University of London

Rosina Buckland
Senior Curator of Japanese Collections at the National Museum of Scotland

And

Ellis Tinios
Honorary Lecturer in the School of History, University of Leeds

Producer: Simon Tillotson.

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LINKS AND FURTHER READING

Angus Lockyer at SOAS, University of London

Rosina Buckland at the National Museum of Scotland

Ellis Tinios at the University of Leeds

British Museum collection online - Including paintings, drawings, prints and books by Hokusai

Hokusai - Wikipedia

 

READING LIST:

Gian Carlo Calza, Hokusai (Phaidon, 2004)

John Carpenter (ed.), Hokusai and his Age (Hotei Publishing, 2005)

Timothy Clark, Hokusai’s Great Wave: Objects in Focus (British Museum, 2011)

Timothy Clark, Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave (Thames and Hudson Ltd, 2017)

Matthi Forrer, Hokusai: Prints and Drawings (Prestel, 2009)

Christine Guth, Art of Edo Japan: The Artist and the City 1615-1868 (Yale University Press, 2010)

Christine M. E. Guth, Hokusai's Great Wave: Biography of a Global Icon (University of Hawaii Press, 2015)

Richard Lane, Hokusai: Life and Work (Penguin Books Ltd, 1989)

Sarah E. Thompson, Hokusai (MFA Publications - The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2015)

Sarah E. Thompson, Hokusai’s Lost Manga (MFA Publications - The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2016)

 

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Angus Lockyer
Interviewed Guest Rosina Buckland
Interviewed Guest Ellis Tinios
Producer Simon Tillotson

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