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Katsushika Hokusai Japanese 1760–1849. The great wave off Kanagawa 1830–34. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Felton Bequest, 1909.


Join Wayne Crothers, Curator of Asian Art, for a viewing of the major new exhibition Hokusai. Hokusai is regarded as one of the most influential and creative minds in the history of Japanese art. His unique social observations, innovative approach to design and mastery of the brush, made him the most famous and popular artist of Edo period Japan as well as an internationally recognised artist. Although gaining fame during his lifetime he never attained financial success. His years of greatest artistic production were conducted in poverty, living in a hut by the Sumida River or spent travelling, drawing and painting.

In 1909 the NGV purchased five works from Hokusai’s iconic Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji series including his most celebrated image The great wave, two works from his Tour of famous waterfalls series and four other major works. These astute acquisitions established a legacy of Japanese art in Australia that has now extended for over one hundred years.

Hokusai features 129 prints, four paintings and ten rare books on loan from the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto, with special features including a selection of Hokusai’s early works and complete sets of his most famous series including Thirty six views of Mount Fuji, Tour of famous waterfalls, Unusual views of celebrated bridges, Eight views of the Ryukyu Islands, Birds and flowers and Ghost tales.

How to book: Please email Boris Kaspiev at vic.taasa@gmail.com or phone 0421 038 491 by 21 July 2017.

How to pay: By direct deposit with ‘your name, Hokusai’ as reference:

Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

BSB 012 003

Account Number: 2185 28414

or via this website – see Booking button above right.



28 July, 2017
10:15 am - 11:30 am AEST
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National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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