Hokusai and the art of defying old age
Friday 26 May 2017,
BP Lecture Theatre
Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court
Supported by Mitsubishi Corporation
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Born in 1760, Hokusai was a precocious but also long-lived artist who died at the age of nearly 90. From the age of 60 he engaged himself with new intensity in the mediums of print design, book illustration and painting.
In this lecture, John T Carpenter, Curator of Japanese Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, will explore several of Hokusai’s artistic projects that seem to have specifically addressed fighting off illness, demons of the mind, and decrepitude.
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