Hokusai was distinguished for the variety of his styles, his extraordinary technical excellence, and his observant delineation of contemporary life. His landscapes reveal a startling imagination and a dramatic sense of composition. Of his astounding output some of the best-known works are the famous Manga, or Ten Thousand Sketches, in 15 volumes (1814–78); the color-print series Views of Famous Bridges and Views of Lu-chu Islands; and Views of Mount Fuji. Hokusai's work has had a marked influence on the art of the West.
See his Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (1966); studies by T. Bowie (1979), M. Forrer (1988), and G. C. Calza (2003).
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