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'Hokusai: Mad about Painting'
From: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (17601849) is widely recognized for a single imageGreat Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa, an icon of global artyet he produced thousands of works throughout his long life. Charles Lang Freer recognized the artists vast abilities before many other collectors, and he assembled the worlds largest collection of paintings, sketches, and drawings by Hokusai. In commemoration of the centennial of Freers death in 1919, and in celebration of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, the Freer Gallery presents a yearlong exploration of the prolific career of Katsushika Hokusai.
Works large and small are on view, from six-panel folding screens and hanging scrolls to paintings and drawings. Also included are rare hanshita-e, drawings for woodblock prints that were adhered to the wood and frequently destroyed in the process of carving the block prior to printing. Among the many featured works are Hokusais manga, his often-humorous renderings of everyday life in Japan. Together, these works reveal an artistic genius who thought he might finally achieve true mastery in paintingif he lived to the age of 110.
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave. SW,
Washington, DC 20013-7012