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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hokusai

One instantly recognizable work of art is a woodblock print titled, "The Great Wave." However, few people remember the name of the artist, Katsushika Hokusai. An exhibition of Hokusai's work is currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Here's the curator introducing us to the exhibit:



In case you didn't know, the Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW) purchases a library museum pass to the MFA each year. You can book the pass by going here. (Please have your library card on hand.)

We have a book for children specifically on Japanese woodblock prints and how they are made: Art of Japan: Wood-Block Color Prints by Carol Finley [J 769.952 FIN]. If you are particularly interested in how the prints are made, be sure to visit the MFA on Sunday, May 24, for the "Artist Toolbox Cart."

The Library of Congress has more than 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints and drawings in its collection, "Fine Prints: Japanese, pre-1915." This print by Hokusai is on the collection's home page!

Teahouse at Koishikawa. Hokusai Katsushika, betw. 1890 and 1940, courtesy Library of Congress.

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