指 定 昭和三〇年三月二八日
所在地 台東区元浅草 四の六の九
Katsushika Hokusai Haka
(The Grave of Katsushika Hokusai).
Provisionally designated in 1925, Designated in 1955
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is an Ukiyoe painter in the late Edo period and
the founder of Katsushika School. He was born at Honjo Warigesui and adopted
by a mirror craftman, Nakajima Ise; therefore he used the surname "Nakajima"
at first. He became an apprentice of Katsukawa Shunshö at 19 years old and changed
his name to Katsukawa Shunrā. He mainly painted actors and sumo then. After
the death of Shunshū, he left Katsukawa and learned Kanā School, Chinese painting
Tosa School and Rin School as well as western paintings and copperplate engravings
by Shiba Kökan. It is said that his eccentric nature made him move 93 times and
changed his pseudonym more than 30 times. He showed his ability in woodcut and
original painting. Especially his landscape paintings have been praised the most,
and "Fugaku Sanjū Rokkei" is well known. His works are said to have influenced
the French Impressionists.
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