NGV's "unprecedented" major exhibition of the Japanese master painter and printmaker — 150 works strong.

The work of one of Japan's most popular and prolific artists, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), will be the subject of a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. On display from July 21 until October 15, Hokusai will feature more than 150 works by the eponymous painter and printmaker, including several remarkable pieces that have never been seen in Australia before.

Produced by the NGV in partnership with the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, the exhibition will feature a number of the artist's most iconic creations. These include the instantly recognisable The Great Wave off Kanagawa, as well as the complete Hokusai Manga, which helped shape the development of manga as we know it today.

NGV director James Ellwood has called Hokusai "unprecedented", and said that it would offer Australian audiences "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the artist's influential legacy in one of the most comprehensive exhibitions ever staged outside of Japan".

Image: Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese 1760–1849, The great wave off Kanagawa c. 1830, from the Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji series, 1826–33, colour woodblock, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1909 (426-2).

Published on April 19, 2017 by Tom Clift

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