Hokusai, First Manga Master
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2007
  • Price: $22.95
  • Trim Size: 9 14 x 6
  • ISBN: 0-8109-9341-4
  • EAN: 9780810993419
  • Page Count: 80
  • Illustrations: 64 Color Illu
  • Format: Paperback

More than a hundred years before Japanese comics swept the globe, the master engraver Hokusai was producing beautiful, surreal, and often downright wacky sketches and drawings, filled with many of the characters and themes found in modern manga. These out-of-context caricatures, which include studies of facial expressions, postures, and situations ranging from the mundane to the otherworldly, demonstrate both the artist's style and his taste. In addition to the landscapes for which he is beloved, Hokusai's mangas reveal his compassion for farmers, artisans, and peasants, as well as his keen eye for the absurd.

About the authors

Jocelyn Bouquillard is curator at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in the Photography and Prints department. He is an expert in Japanese prints and his specialty is in landscape prints.

Christophe Marquet, an art historian, specializes in the History of Publishing in Japan. He is a professor at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris.