Archive for May 10th, 2011

Japanese artist Hokusai Katsushika (1760–1849):   “Since the age of six I have had the habit of sketching forms of objects. Although from about fifty I have often published my pictorial works, before the seventieth year none is worthy.”

He started his famous 46 woodblock prints of views of Mount Fuji in1826 when he was sixty-six years old and worked on them for seven years. (Originally there were 36, but due to popularity, he added another 10.)

He learned about and reflected on his art all his long, energetic  life:   “At seventy-three I learned a little about the real structure of animals, plants, birds, fishes and insects. Consequently when I am eighty I’ll have made more progress. At ninety I’ll have penetrated the mystery of things. At a hundred I shall have reached something marvelous, but when I am a hundred and ten everything I do, the smallest dot, will be alive.”

Hukusai rocks!


Top: Self portrait at eighty-three           Bottom:  Kajikazawa in Kai Province

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