An image seen on a hundred different walls, on placemats, screensavers, postcards.
And yet the incredible history of the artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is a magical tale of its own.
Hokusai was born on the 23rd day of 9th month of the 10th year of the Hōreki period (October or November 1760) to an artisan family, in the Katsushika district of Edo, Japan.
Hokusai was a Japanese master artist and printmaker of ukkiyo-e, a style of wood block prints and paintings.
Hokusai is best-known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (c. 1831) which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s (first image above).
Hokusai was known by a dozen different names through his lifetime, most likely reflecting the different artistic manifestations he went through.
It is this restlessness, this thirst for life and art, that inspired countless other artesians on this continent and others.
And it is this quiet beauty that has withstood the winds of time.
You can see all of Katsushika Hokusai‘s art at his website http://www.katsushikahokusai.org/.