Katsushika Hokusai is without a doubt the most famous Japanese artist known in the Western world since the middle of the 19th century.
Reflecting the artistic expression of an isolated civilisation, the works of Hokusai, one of the first Japanese artists to emerge in Europe, greatly influenced Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters such as Vincent van Gogh.
Considered a ukiyo-e master even during his lifetime, Hokusai fascinates us with the variety and the significance of his work which spanned almost ninety years and is presented here in all its breadth and diversity.
Friend of Émile Zola, Gustave Flaubert, and Alphonse Daudet, Edmond de Goncourt was a French writer belonging to the Naturalist movement. Eyewitness to the events of the worldly and artistic life of the second half of the 19th century, his major work remains the Journal written with his brother, Jules. Beginning in 1850, they collaborated on history books, most notably treating painting, such as Eighteenth Century Art. Impassioned by the delicate beauty of the Japanese woodblock prints, Edmond de Goncourt became, through his monographs on Utamaro and Hokusai, one of the first to reveal the magnificence of this art to the Western world.
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