• Hokusai. Endlessly versatile

    3 monthes ago - By Chez Namaste Nancy

    Hokusai was, in turns, a romanticist, a classicist and an expressionist; a reverent traditionalist and a pioneering, crowd-pleasing populist. He revolutionized Japanese art by elevating lowly genres, such as landscape and “bird-and-flower pictures,” to high art; and he melded the recessive space of Western perspective with that of traditional Asian art, in which forms farther away are stacked above those closer to the viewer. The supreme master of multiple artistic personalities (30 changes of name; at least 93 changes of address) didn't, so he tells us, hit his stride until late. On the...
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