Hokusai and Japan in the Floating World

Hokusai print - Under the Wave off Kanagawa - A giant blue and white ocean wave is about to crash, with Mt. Fuji in the curl of it in the distance.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
7:00 pm


In his third presentation at the Morristown and Morris Township Library, Tom Silver will explore the work of Japan’s most famous artist, Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), in the context of his life and times. This lecture will focus on Hokusai’s best known prints, along with examples of his paintings and drawings. Hokusai’s enduring fame can be attributed largely to his 1830 print, Under the Wave Off Kanagawa, from the series 36 Views of Mt. Fuji. Tom will explore a sampling of prints from that series and others, and explain how they incorporate Western ideas in painting. He’ll also look at how classical Japanese prints influenced such Western masters as Monet, Picasso, and Henri Toulouse–Lautrec.

Tom Silver, a Cape Cod and Morristown resident, is a retired banker, classical guitarist and recording artist who developed an interest in Japanese prints while searching for an unusual gift for his wife. That search sparked a love for this art which grew to encompass Japane se history and culture generally. Mr. Silver’s talks at libraries and other institutions showcase print masterpieces covering the 350-year history of the Japanese print genre.

Please email marylynn.becza@mmt.mainlib.org for the Zoom code.


3/24/22: Couldn’t join us for the program? No problem! A recording of this event is available on our YouTube.

Hokusai - Tiger in Snow Hokusai - Mt. Fuji  Hokusai - Woman Looking at Herself in a Mirror