Rid­ing the wave

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‘When I am one hun­dred and ten, each dot, each line will pos­sess a life of its own,’ wrote one of Ja­pan’s great­est artists, Kat­sushika Hoku­sai, in the 19th cen­tury. While Hoku­sai never made it to 110, he didn’t do too badly, pass­ing away in 1849 at 90 years old. In the fi­nal 30 years of his life he pro­duced some of his most mem­o­rable mas­ter­pieces, many of which are on dis­play at The Bri­tish Mu­seum in Hoku­sai: Be­yond the Great Wave (from 25 May; p. 37). This once-in-a-life­time ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures prints, il­lus­trated books and paint­ings, as well as do­mes­tic scenes and su­per­nat­u­ral crea­tures. Look out for one of his most iconic works: The Great Wave (above) – part of a se­ries of prints of Mount Fuji.

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