See how Hokusai combines observation and imagination – 9/22/2022 – Illustrated

See how Hokusai combines observation and imagination – 9/22/2022 – Illustrated
See how Hokusai combines observation and imagination – 9/22/2022 – Illustrated

For Hokusai, nothing was unknown in painting, since with his brush, the Japanese artist said he had tried everything. He, who distinguished himself both in engraving and drawing, is now presented in the 20th volume of the Folha Grandes Pintores Collection through a production that addressed all genres and themes.

“Manga”, which took the form of an encyclopedia of Japan’s nature, culture and imagination, and is considered to be its heyday, also serves as the greatest proof of its eclecticism.

In the volumes published between 1814 and 1820, with 4,000 drawings, the painter puts observation and imagination side by side, the real world and the phantasmagorical. Thus, flora, fauna and human beings coexist with legendary heroes, monsters and spirits.

Not for nothing, the French writer Edmond de Goncourt, the artist’s biographer, declared that he “has welcomed in his work all the humanity of his country”. In addition to his 30,000 drawings, Hokusai also illustrated several novels, collections of poems and excelled in the production of luxurious prints.

Part of a movement born in Japan in the early 1830s, centered on painting flowers and birds, the artist impressed Van Gogh with his “Big Flowers” series. In the canvas “Lírios”, from 1830, he renews the genre by proposing the never-before-seen image of flowers in close-up, treated almost like a portrait.

Published in the same year, when Hokusai was over 70 years old, the series “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” revolutionized the art of ukiyo-e, an artistic movement that expresses a lifestyle focused on pleasure and fun. .

Unlike the tradition, which favored imaginary views, the Japanese painter resorted to a real landscape, Mount Fuji, seen from different places and angles. With these images, which became an obsession for the artist, resulting in three picture books entitled “One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji”, he achieved success among Asian and European artists. He also inaugurated the fashion of Japaneseism, which spread to the plastic and decorative arts in the second half of the 19th century.


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