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Hokusai: The Name that Sold Books Art and Commerce in 19th-century Japan

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The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

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In this lecture, Dr Ellis Tinios tells a tale of deceit and low cunning, blatant plagiarism, willful misrepresentation and great art. He tells the story of ‘Hokusai’—the hottest brand in 19th-century Japanese publishing. Over his long career Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) excelled as a painter, a print designer and a book illustrator. Today few admirers of his art are aware that he reached his widest audience through his books. Hokusai’s books were central to the formation of his reputation among his contemporaries and posthumously in Europe and America. Hokusai’s astonishing achievements as a book illustrator will be placed squarely in the competitive world of Edo and early Meiji publishing. In the course of this lecture three books, each a milestone in Hokusai’s career, will be viewed in their entirety.

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