Posted on August 26, 2011
It is the emblem of the Japanese artist Hokusai. Decisive and influential in other geniuses like Monet or Van Gogh, a large retrospective of his work will take place in Berlin from October.
Could equate to a sort of Japanese Picasso. By his vast work and critical influences your style generates to this day, Hokusai is said not only to be the most famous Japanese artist of all time but also the first whose significance came to Europe.
Prolific both drawings and technique of woodcut, his work came to the Old Continent in the nineteenth century and left their mark on artists such as Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin and Klimt.
Perhaps this is why more than a half century after his death, Europe recovers it for themselves in a major retrospective to be held in Berlin from October (and will run until February 2012). The Martin Gropius Bau gallery will house 350 works of Hokusai, with the news that many of them come out of Japan for the first time.
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The name of the show - "Anatomy of a wave" - merely summarize the most emblematic Hokusai drawing. In effect, the print The Great Wave at Kanagawa-made in 1830 - became very popular between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Also crossed the boundaries of painting and became literary influence (Der Berg of Rainer Maria Rilke) and musical (La Mer by Claude Debussy).
Closer in time, the wave of Kanagawa iconic inspired documentaries, has resulted in designers clothing like Hanae Mori and has even appeared in video games. In sculpture, had its correlates in Tobias Stengel and Jeffery Laudenslager .
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