Hokusai: A Book of Postcards

Hokusai: A Book of Postcards

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Born a commoner, Katsushika Hokusai passionately pursued art for most of his life and by the time of his death at age eighty-nine was an artist of great renown. And yet his long life was not enough—with each decade he believed his communion with nature grew and his art took on greater spirituality.


Hokusai’s depictions of nature are beloved for the fine skill they required in composition, color, and line, as well as their more intangible qualities: the distillation of nature in a precise moment. His mastery is found everywhere in his paintings and prints: in a trilling waterfall or cresting wave, the gathering mist or the slanting rain, the fluttering dragonfly or the diving cuckoo.