Katsushika Hokusai Part 2

Birth of Katsushika Hokusai

The painter Katsushika Hokusai was born on September 23rd, the 10th year of Horeki. He was born in Honjo Warisesui, Shimosa Province. His childhood name was Tokitaro, but he later changed his name to Tetsuzo.

Hokusai first became interested in painting when he was six years old.Around this time (1765), woodblock printing technology was developed, and multicolored nishiki-e prints began to appear on the market.

After that, when Hokusai turned 12 years old, he worked as a boy at a rental bookstore, and it is said that he studied painting by looking at the illustrations in the book in his spare time from work.
When he was 15, he started working for a sculptor and carving woodblocks, but it didn't last long.

In 1778, at the age of 19, he became a disciple of the ukiyo-e artist Katsukawa Shunsho, and Hokusai's life as an artist began.

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