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[teacherartexchange] Hokusai (Japanese) - Online Interactive - Smithsonian


From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Mar 31 2006 - 08:46:31 PST

Dear Art Educators,

There is a new to me interactive on the life and work of Hokusai online.
This was listed in the Scout Report (copyright 2006 - shared with permission).

8. Hokusai: Mad About Painting [Macromedia Flash Player]
(click on link to interactive at the right)

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery presents this Web interactive on the life
and work of the Japanese painter and printmaker, Katsushika Hokusai
(1760-1849), the creator of the woodblock print "The Great Wave", one of the
most recognized images in the world. The Flash interactive consists of four
main sections on Hokusai's art: Brush & Block, Color, Composition, and
Subject, plus an introductory, biographical section. In the Subject section
see a long handscroll with a wide range of subjects from a pampered house
cat, fish, foxes, and a man and boy looking at a waterfall; a 27 page manga,
or Illustrated book; and a painting of a fisherman made when Hokusai was in his
late eighties. In the Brush & Block section, compare painted and printed
images of Mount Fuji, plants, and shellfish, to see Hokusai's expert use of
both techniques. [DS]
Those of you near Washington DC can be wowed by the exhibit - now
though May 14. "The exhibition of more than 180 paintings, prints,
drawings and printed books brings together for the first time 41
paintings from the Freer Gallery of Art, the largest and most
important collection of paintings by Hokusai, with masterpieces from
museum, library and private collections throughout the world."

Hokusai's Great Wave is the featured print in April SchoolArts Magazine.

Also check out the related links listed - More Japanese Art.

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