Riding the wave
‘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.