Exhibition Books


Sarah E. Thompson, with an essay by Joan Wright and Philip Meredith
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Hardcover $29.95 $26.95

176 pages, 135 color illustrations, 7.5 x 10 in, ISBN: 978-0-87846-825-6

Katsushika Hokusai remains one of Japan's most popular and influential artists. This handy volume presents the wide range of Hokusai's artistic production in terms of one of his most remarkable characteristics: his intellectual ingenuity. It explores the question of how the self-styled "Man Mad about Drawing" approached his subjects—how he depicted human bodies in motion, combined figures and landscapes, represented three-dimensional objects on two-dimensional surfaces and when he used the techniques of illusionism or adjusted reality for greater visual or emotional effect. Including some 50 stunning and unusual paintings, prints and drawings from the peerless Hokusai collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this book is a treasure trove that introduces readers to a witty, wide-ranging and inimitably ingenious Hokusai.

About the Author

Sarah E. Thompson is Assistant Curator for Japanese Prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Awarded Best in Category, Coffee Table Books, at the 59th Annual New England Book Show