WASH AWAY THE TIDE

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Ja­panese ukiyo-e artist Kat­sushika Hoku­sai reached his cre­ative peak dur­ing the fi­nal decades of his life, pro­duc­ing re­mark­able pieces that in­cluded paint­ings, draw­ings, and wood­block prints. At ‘Hoku­sai: Be­yond the Great Wave’, a once-in-a-life­time ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to his life­long work, vis­i­tors are able to ob­serve the artist’s land­mark wood­block print se­ries, of­fi­cially known as ‘Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji’, pro­duced in the 1830s. His other in­stantly recog­nis­able wood­block mas­ter­piece, Un­der the Wave off Kana­gawa, bet­ter known as Great Wave, is del­i­cately pre­served and shown ex­clu­sively for a lim­ited time un­der low light lev­els. Na­ture’s beau­ti­ful land­scapes and su­per­nat­u­ral crea­tures are Hoku­sai’s ma­jor sub­jects, which are brought to life with vivid Prus­sian blue pig­ment, a medium used to de­pict the artist’s per­sonal be­liefs and spir­i­tual quest. Un­til Au­gust 13 at Bri­tish Mu­seum, Lon­don. www.british­mu­seum.org

Ko­hada Ko­heiji, 1833, from the se­ries ‘One Hun­dred Ghost Tales’, Kat­sushika Hoku­sai

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