Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is certainly the most famous Japanese artist in Western countries. The word "manga" is attributed to his authorship as he explicitely used it for his twelve-volume series of sketchbooks and studies. Hokusai also dinstinguished himself in various artistic fields: writing, engraving, painting, etc.. He brought to ukiyo-e new influences like landscapes and color use. His series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" was a worldwide success and therefore inspired some of the greatest Western artists in particularly Claude Monet, Van Gogh or Gauguin.
First painting from « Thirty-six views of mount Fuji » (Meisho-e, famous views of Japan), in which the use of Prussian blue renewed the ukiyo-e. This ukiyo-e is made in yoko-e format, meaning landscape orientation.
« The Fuji on a clear day »