Japanese Prints: Hokusai at LACMA

Pavilion for Japanese Art
April 13, 2013–July 21, 2013

The museum's collection includes excellent prints by the renowned Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). Among the museum’s holdings are two of this artist’s most iconic works, popularly known as Red Fuji and The Great Wave. A recent gift from Max Palevsky added to the museum’s collection a complete set of the eight prints from Hokusai’s A Tour of Waterfalls in the Provinces.

In addition to these color woodblock prints, the current exhibition also features pages from woodblock printed books as well as preparatory drawings. Loans from the Barbara Bowman Collection include several surimono—commissioned prints made for specific occasions that typically employ special techniques or materials.

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This exhibition was made possible through the recent gift by Max Palevsky of the complete set of Hokusai’s legendary series A Tour of Waterfalls in the Provinces, and through generous loans from the Barbara Bowman Collection.

Image: Katsushika Hokusai (Japan, 1760–1849), The Yoshitsune Horse-Washing Falls at Yoshino, Izumi Province, circa 1833–34, color woodblock print, Gift of Max Palevsky. (M.2011.135.5)

Two Kyoka poets: Kinkosha Karomichi; Fukujuso
Katsushika Hokusai
circa 1796–1798
Amida Falls on the Kiso Highway
Katsushika Hokusai
circa 1833
The Great Wave off of Kanagawa, from series "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji"
Katsushika Hokusai
circa 1830–1831
South Wind, Clear Dawn, from series "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji"
Katsushika Hokusai
circa 1830–1831

Hokusai's Waterfalls

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is the Japanese artist best known in the Western world, primarily because of his iconic images known as The Great Wave and Red Fuji, both of which are in LACMA’s collection, and are on view now in Japanese Prints: Hokusai at LACMA. In Japan, Hokusai was the greatest printmaker and painter between 1800 and 1850…