"Siebold & Hokusai and his Tradition" Exhibition
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Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) was the first painter who mastered Western style painting in Japan and established his unique method of expression. His Ukiyoe style not only attracted Japanese audiences, but also western Impressionist painters such as Van Gogh in the later modern period, even before Japanese art and culture was popularized in Europe.
According to recent research, Dutch traders who stayed in Nagasaki between 1818 to 1839 commissioned paintings from Edo artisans including Hokusai on a regular basis and brought works back to their home country.
This exhibition introduces Hokusai's works that are preserved in Holland and France to explore the unknown side of this artist, and also look at the relationship between Hokusai and the German doctor Siebold, who stayed in Japan during the period. In addition, some of Hokusai's masterpieces are on view for the first time in public.
Exhibition part I: December 4th (Tue) - December 27th (Thurs)
Exhibition part II: January 2nd (Wed) - January 27th (Sun)
Displayed works will change according to the schedule.
[Image: "Tango-Sekku" (Boy's day festival) Hokusai Studio, Collection of National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden]
From 2007-12-04 To 2008-01-27
Closed on December 10th, 17th, 25th & December 28th to January 1st
Hokusai Katsushika et al.
Hokusai's 'Dutch' courage
By C. B. Liddell
Special to The Japan Times
"Little of what I painted before my 70th year was truly worth of note," Hokusai wrote when he was 75. It may be possible, then, that the paintings the kapitan paid for, and that Siebold haggled over, acted as a spur to shake Hokusai free from a case of "artistic block" ...