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Simon Schama on the tirelessly versatile Hokusai

3 monthes ago   |   By Chez Namaste Nancy

For those of us in the springtime of our dotage there is heartening news to be had from the British Museum's (2017) radiant, entirely octopus-free, Hokusai show. The supreme master of multiple artistic personalities (30 changes of name; at least 93 changes of address) didn't, so he tells us, hit his stride On the colophon page of “A Hundred Views of Mount Fuji”, at the age of 75, he confessed that until 70 his drawings were beneath notice. “When I reach 80 I hope to make increasing progress; at 90 I will see the underlying principle of things . . . at 100 I will have achieved divine status...
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