On Tuesday 15th May, Sally Morgan hosted eight of the Art Group where we watched an excellent DVD – ‘The British Museum presents – HOKUSAI’.
The DVD told the history of Hokusai, who was born, lived in and raised by adoptive, artisan parents in Tokyo. He started drawing at the age of 6 and in his teens was apprenticed to a wood block carver, working in cherry wood.
Roger Keyes, art historian recounted a story of Hokusai at age 45. Whilst doing a demo with a well known painter, Hokusai painted a long piece of paper blue, dipped hens feet into red paint and let them walk over the paper. He called the painting ‘Autumn Leaves on a River’.
Hokusai illustrated many books but when he was 50 he gave this up and went travelling. He had a minor stroke, his second wife died and his house burnt down. He and his daughter Oi lost all their possessions.
Hokusai felt his best paintings were done after the age of 70. He also felt his painting would get better with age. At the age of 70 he changed his name to – ”Old Man Crazy To Paint”. He painted ‘The Ducks’ in his 80s and when 90, painted the most amazing dragon ascending in a cloud above Mount Fuji. He died shortly after completing this painting .
A big thank you to Sally for such an interesting morning with the Art Group and we look forward to next month’s meeting on 19th June, hosted by Ron Roberts, where the subject will be ‘Landscapes’.