Thursday, December 16, 2010

Freer & Sackler Galleries

"From the age of six I had a penchant for copying the form of things, and from about fifty, my 
pictures were frequently published; but until the age of seventy, nothing that I drew was worthy of notice.
At seventy-three years,
I was somewhat able to fathom the growth of plants and trees, and the structure of birds, animals, insects, and fish.

Thus when I reach eighty years,
I hope to have made increasing progress, and at ninety to see further into the underlying principles of things, so that at one hundred years
I will have achieved a divine state in my art,
and at one hundred and ten,
every dot and every stroke will be as though alive.

Those of you who live long enough,
bear witness that these words of mine prove not false."

the Japanese print master
Hokusai tutorial:

the Thunder god print by Hokusai featured in this tutorial and
the amazing Google Art Project:

image from:  Library of Congress Digital Collection "The Floating  World"

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