Hokusai’s Great Wave at the British Museum



Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is the subject of an exhibition at the British Museum on view until 13th August 2017. Hokusai’s most famous work, the Great Wave, that the artist produced when he was around 70, is indeed on view in the show but the British Museum intends to demonstrate that there’s more than this iconic work in his oeuvre.

A selection of landscapes follows the iconic Great Wave – itself part of a print series of views of Mt Fuji. Flora and fauna, domestic scenes and supernatural creatures such as ghosts and deities are also some of Hokusai’s favourite topics as illustrated in the show.

Through all of these works, Hokusai’s personal beliefs give the viewers a fascinating insight into the artist’s spiritual and artistic quest in his later years.

The exhibition includes prints, paintings and illustrated books, many of which are on loan from Japan, Europe and the USA and on view in the UK for the first time due to their fragile nature.