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The exhibition of books and illustrations "Strolls along the Eastern Capital", dedicated to the 225th anniversary of the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, has been organized in the Fine arts reading room (3rd floor, 306) from October 9 to November 10.


The representative of the ukiyo-e school, woodblock print maker Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) lived and worked in Edo (now Tokyo), the so-called Eastern capital of Japan. Having been extremely stubborn and self-rigorous, forming his own style in art, he changed about 50 pseudonyms, but in the end settled on the most famous – Katsushika Hokusai, which means "an artist obsessed with painting". By understanding the complex and time-consuming work of the engraver, Hokusai was the pioneer and unsurpassed master of the Fuke-ha – the landscape genre of Japanese prints, referring to which he praised the poetic images of the Land of the Rising Sun.

The works of Hokusai are extremely versatile, original and unique. The artist created theater posters and portraits of Kabuki actors, scenic paintings-scrolls, greeting cards surimono, illustrations of literary works, numerous series of prints. His works are characterized by a philosophical depth and Eastern wisdom, they captivate with bright colors, decorative, bold perspective effects, high graphical mastery, subtle colors, contrasts between the hectic of people and unruffled serenity of nature.

The reproductions of landscapes of the best graphic series: "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji", "A Tour of the Waterfalls of the Provinces", "Unusual Views of Celebrated Bridges in the Provinces", "Large Flowers", "Poets of China and Japan", "One Hundred Ghost Stories" are exhibited at the exhibition.

Books of the researcher of Japanese graphic B. Voronova, novel by P. Beletsky "Obsessed with Painting" and the famous collection of drawings "Manga", which contains a variety of artist's sketches, a genuine encyclopedia of the Japanese people’s life will attract particular attention.

The exhibition presents around 30 documents, including books, postcards, albums, reproductions, exhibition catalogues.

Phone: (+375 17) 293 27 53.

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