Katsushika Hokusai, Under the Wave off Kanagawa, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (detail), Japanese, Edo period, about 1830–31 (Tenpō 1–2). . William Sturgis Bigelow Collection.
Katsushika Hokusai, Under the Wave off Kanagawa, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (detail), Japanese, Edo period, about 1830–31 (Tenpō 1–2). . William Sturgis Bigelow Collection. 

Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence

26/03/2023 - 16/07/2023

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
 
 
 


 
Taking a new approach to the work of the ever-popular Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), this major exhibition explores in detail his impact on other artists—both during his lifetime and beyond. Throughout a career of more than 70 years, Hokusai experimented with a wide range of styles and subjects, producing landscapes such as the instantly recognizable Great Wave and Red Fuji (both about 1830–31), nature studies known as “bird-and-flower pictures,” and depictions of women, heroes, and monsters. The exhibition brings together over 90 woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books by Hokusai with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. These unique juxtapositions demonstrate Hokusai’s influence through time and space—seen in works by, among others, his daughter Katsushika Ōi, his contemporaries Utagawa Hiroshige and Utagawa Kuniyoshi, the 19th-century French Japonistes, and modern and contemporary artists including Loïs Mailou Jones, Yayoi Kusama, John Cederquist, and Yoshitomo Nara.