Katsushika Hokusai: Born October 31(?), 1760

Hokusai, in full Katsushika Hokusai…Japanese master artist and printmaker of the ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) school. His early works represent the full spectrum of ukiyo-e art, including single-sheet prints of landscapes and actors, hand paintings, and surimono (“printed things”), such as greetings and announcements. Later he concentrated on the classical themes of the samurai and Chinese subjects. His famous print series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” published between 1826 and 1833, marked the summit in the history of the Japanese landscape print.
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hokusai

Hokusai’s date of birth is not known for certain, but is often said to be the 23rd day of the 9th month of the 10th year of the Hōreki era (in the old calendar, or October 31, 1760) to an artisan family, in the Katsushika district of Edo, Japan…His father never made Hokusai an heir, so it is possible that his mother was a concubine. Hokusai began painting around the age of six, possibly learning the art from his father, whose work on mirrors also included the painting of designs around the mirrors.

Hokusai was known by at least thirty names during his lifetime. Although the use of multiple names was a common practice of Japanese artists of the time, the numbers of names he used far exceeds that of any other major Japanese artist. Hokusai’s name changes are so frequent, and so often related to changes in his artistic production and style, that they are useful for breaking his life up into periods.
http://www.katsushikahokusai.com/biography.jsp

Artwork~ https://ukiyo-e.org/artist/katsushika-hokusai
Artwork~ https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio/artists/katsushika-hokusai
Woodblock Prints in the Ukiyo-e Style~
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ukiy/hd_ukiy.htm

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/19/hokusai-japanese-artist-late-blossoming-great-wave-mount-fuji

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/31~

What painter ranks among the most admired of all Dutch artists but was much less well known in his own day than today, primarily because he produced just a small number of paintings?

What artist was one of the most important and controversial photographers of the 20th Century, creating highly erotic, bold, and provocative fashion and editorial photos?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/31/october-31/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/30~

Which artist, born in Switzerland and seen as a child prodigy, went on to be one of the only two women founder-members of the Royal Academy of Arts in London?

Which artist, a British citizen who spent most of his life in France, was the most consistent of the Impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape en plein air?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/30/october-30/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/28~

This 18th century Italian painter of views of Venice (and also England during a sojourn there) produced a vast number of scenes of Venice, some representing actual sites while others were imaginary.

This Irish-born British figurative painter, known for his emotionally charged imagery, was in the 1937 group exhibition “Young British Artists” but the response was so dispiriting that he destroyed his paintings.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/28/october-28/

 

 

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/27~

What painter created a series in the late 1940s called Little Images: grid-like structures filled with markings that look like symbols or letters, none larger than three feet?

What celebrated Pop artist gravitated toward what he would characterize as the “dumbest” or “worst” visual item he could find, and then go on to alter or improve it?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/27/october-27/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/26~

Which Russian artist, whose work included studies of Asian life and British-Indian history, enjoyed his greatest popularity both at home and abroad for his paintings of battles?

Which late 19th/early 20th-century artist was one of the few women painters of her time to achieve international recognition, enabling her to support both herself and her sister?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/26/october-26/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/25~

This Spanish artist with a prolific output that includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, costumes — and even plays and poems — spent most of his adult life in France.

This late-blooming American expressionist painter and printmaker studied biochemical engineering at City College of New York for three years before switching to fine arts in his last year.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/25/october-25/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/24~

What noted Russian Impressionist landscape and genre painter was also a theater artist, set designer, costume designer, and theorist of art?

What Austrian artist lived in London after fleeing the Nazis with her mother, whose aging and death she later portrayed in a series of paintings?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/24/october-24/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/23~

After working since the 1870s in the Impressionist style, this French painter and printmaker’s colors began to grow somber after 1900, reflecting his shift to portraying biblical, courtroom, and World War I scenes.

Per his request, this American installation artist and assemblage sculptor was buried in the front seat of his brown 1940 Packard Coupe with a dollar, a deck of cards, a bottle of Chianti, and the ashes of his dog.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/23/october-23/