Celebrating ‘the old man mad about art’

Katsushika Hokusai's masterpieces counter the popular view that we make our best art works when we're young.
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Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese 1760–1849, Fujimigahara (Fuji-view Fields) in Owari Province (Bishū Fujimi-ga-hara) (1830–34), from the Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji (Fugaku-sanjū-rokkei) series, colour woodblock 26.1 x 38.6 cm (image and sheet) 26.0 x 38.2 cm (image and sheet) The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto.

The exhibition Hokusai – touted as the first major presentation of Katsushika Hokusai’s work in Australia – opened this week at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) International.

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