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The author of the book: Deborah Kogan Ray
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Edition: StarWalk Kids Media
Date of issue: June 29th 2015
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Language: English

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4.5 STARS

Another winner from Deborah Kogan Ray! This time, she tells the story of the artist whose work influenced her own decision to become an artist, so I imagine this book was very dear to her heart. I can't give it five stars because it failed to really move me, as some other picture book biographies have done, but it is still an outstanding book and a deftly conveyed portrait of not only Hokusai the artist, but the Japan of the 1700s with its shoguns and policy of national seclusion. I liked how the story followed Hokusai (one of the many names he gave himself, chosen by Ray because it is the name he used while painting his most famous work "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fiji") from childhood to old age. The quotes she uses are illuminating and I especially enjoyed the one where he says that his work before age 70 was not remarkable because he had not yet understood the quality of nature. "...(but)when I am one hundred and ten, each dot and every line will surely possess a life of its own." Wow! These days, most people are thinking of retirement at age 70, haha! Unfortunately, Hokusai didn't live to be 110, but he did live and paint into his 90th year and went from being a lowly peasant to a well-respected and famous artist whose even influenced the French Impressionists! I think it's fascinating to compare countries across the same time period. When Hokusai made his first strides in the art world, the colonies were struggling for independence here in America! Hokusai's world seems so far removed from our own, from anything Western (indeed, the policy of national seclusion made it so!) and it's amazing to realize what was happening simultaneously in the world. Highly recommended for budding artists, or anyone interested in learning about art and/or the history of Japanese culture.


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