Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai

Style: Ukiyo-e

Lived: 1760 - May 10, 1849 (18th - 19th century)

Nationality: Japan

At seventy-three I learned a little about the real structure of animals, plants, birds, fishes and insects. Consequently when I am eighty I'll have made more progress. At ninety I'll have penetrated the mystery of things. At a hundred I shall have reached something marvellous, but when I am a hundred and ten everything I do, the smallest dot, will be alive.

Since the age of six I have had the habit of sketching forms of objects. Although from about fifty I have often published my pictorial works, before the seventieth year none is worthy.

If Heaven had only granted me five more years, I could have become a real painter.

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