The Monkey Street Performer
About the Artist
The Monkey Street Performer by Utagawa Hokusai,
Japan: Late 18th or early 19th century, Woodblock print
Utagawa, or Katsushika, Hokusai was a famous Ukiyo-e printmaker who was born in 1760. He is celebrated as the artist of the series titled “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” which include the legendary “Great Wave off Kanagawa.” His influences reached Europe during the Impressionist movement and can be seen in Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s work. Hokusai started painting at an early age, eventually becoming an apprentice wood carver. At the age of 18, he was accepted into the studio of Katsukawa Shunsho, where he learned the style of Ukiyo-e printmaking.