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Beyond the Great Wave: Hokusai’s “Deep Old Age” at the British MuseumTony McNicol

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave is an exhibition at the British Museum in London dedicated to the woodblock print artist Katsushika Hokusai. Featuring works from the last three decades of Hokusai’s remarkable career, it includes a fine early impression of the artist’s instantly recognizable Great Wave off Kanagawa, said to be the most reproduced artistic image in the world. More than a century after Hokusai exerted a profound influence Western art via Van Gogh and the Impressionists, he is surfing a new wave of popularity.
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Shunga: Japanese Erotic Art Takes London by StormTony McNicol

Most people with even a nodding familiarity with Japanese art have marveled at the subtlety and liveliness of woodblock prints. But besides the famous scenes of rural and urban life, many of the best-known artists produced large numbers of sexually explicit pictures. Known as shunga, these works are marked by tenderness, humor, and biting satire. As a major exhibition at the British Museum draws big crowds, writer Tony McNicol takes a look at this most intimate of artistic genres.
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