Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is probably Japan’s best-known artist, with a truly global reach. His Great Wave (c.1831) is by some estimates the most reproduced image in the world.
Roger Keyes is the leading specialist on Hokusai working in English and for over two years has been advising the British Museum on their major exhibition ‘Late Hokusai’, which opens in 2017. The power of Hokusai’s work has long been apparent. He captivated the Japanese public in his lifetime, quickly caught the eye of Euro-American artists and has continued to fascinate global audiences ever since.