In his third presentation for the 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 great paintings and drawings. Hokusai’s enduring fame can largely be attributed to his 1830 print, Under the Wave at Kanagawa (The Great wave), part of the series entitled 36 Views of Mt. Fuji. Tom will explore a sampling of prints from that series and explain how it incorporates 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 is a former 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 Japanese history and culture generally. Tom’s talks at libraries and other institutions in New Jersey and Massachusetts showcase print masterpieces covering the 350-year history of the Japanese print genre. Tom is a Morristown resident and was educated at Drew University and Rutgers.