Katsushika Hokusai

Japanese Print Making

About Katsusika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai was born in October or November of 1760 in the Edo district of Japan. When he was 12 he worked with his Father at his bookshop. When he turned 14 he was an apprentice to a wood carver. At 18 he was accepted into a printmaking school. He had two sons and three daughters. His youngest daughter became an artist also. Around 1820 he was at the peak of his career. He published 36 views of Mount Fuji and the Great Wave. In 1839 a fire destroyed his studio he started becoming less popular because there were younger artists that were gaining popularity.

Katsushika Hokusai

The Great Japanese Printmaker

Katsusika Hokusai was a great printmaker. It takes a lot of time to master printmaking and he enjoyed every day when he was learning. There are many jobs to create a piece. You need to have a sketch, then a block copiest has to make it sharper and a block carver pastes the work face down so the lines are able to be seen. Once you can see the lines you need to cut with a sharp knife on the lines so the color can be filled in. Katsushikas stly is of landscape printmaking he uses line to make youe eye move to different parts of the painting without you even noticing your doing it. This is Katsushika Hokusai.