Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849) was the most celebrated Japanese artist of the Edo period.
Born in Tokyo, Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Hokusai had a long career, but he produced most of his important work after the age of 60. Hokusai had achievements in various fields as an artist. He made designs for book illustrations and woodblock prints, sketches and painted for over 70 years. His influences stretched across the globe to his western contemporaries in nineteenth-century Europe with Japonism, which started with a craze for collecting Japanese art. Hokusai influenced Art Nouveau or Jugendsil in Germany and the larger Impressionism movement with themes echoing of his work in Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir's art.
In the 1985 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Richard Lane characterises Hokusai as "since the later 19th century having impressed Western artists, critics and art lovers alike, more, possibly, than any other single Asian artist"