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The legendary masterpieces of Hokusai!Great art work of Japanese!Origin of Cool Japan!The Hokusai Manga (Hokusais Sketches ,published from 1814 to 1878 ) is a collection of sketches of various subjects by the Japanese artist Hokusai. Subjects of the sketches include depicting ordinary people’s lives, animals, plants, landscapes and human figures, historical and supernatural, even demons and monsters, as if it were a visual encyclopedia. The word manga in the title does not refer to the contemporary story-telling manga, as the sketches in the work are not connected to each other. Block-printed in three colours (black, gray and pale flesh), the Manga comprise literally thousands of images in 15 volumes, the first published in 1814, when Hokusai was 55.The Manga evidence a dedication to artistic realism in portrayal of people and the natural world. The work was an immediate success, and the subsequent volumes soon followed. The work became known to the West since Philipp Franz van Siebolds lithographed paraphrases of some of the sketches appeared in his Nippon: Archiv zur Beschreibung von Japon in 1831. The work began to circulate in the West soon after Matthew C. Perrys entry into Japan in 1854.Hokusai Manga turned out to be very popular among every class of people, from feudal lords to the general public, and became a long time best-seller in the Edo period.The original masterpiece flowed into Europe in the middle of the nineteenth century, where it had a striking impact on artists, including Impressionists Manet, Monet, Degas, and others. The artistic movement ‘Japonisme’ began in part due to its influence.Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. He was influenced by such painters as Sesshu, and other styles of Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (1831).All five volumes,vol.1 - vol.5 Now on sale!Discount price!