Hokusai's Great Wave: The Making of a Masterpiece with Dr. Gavin Campbell - Context Travel

Hokusai's Great Wave: The Making of a Masterpiece with Dr. Gavin Campbell


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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) called himself “the man insane for drawing.” He worked in every genre, from exquisite scroll paintings for wealthy connoisseurs to cheap woodblock prints for the masses. He was one of the most famous artists of the day. So when a publisher announced a new Hokusai woodblock print series titled 36 Views of Mt. Fuji, everyone knew to expect something special. They were not disappointed.

The Great Wave is the product of an artist at the peak of his career, pushing himself to explore the outer edges of his creativity. It was also the product of a vibrant print culture centered in Edo (contemporary Tokyo) that chronicled the city’s vivid popular culture. By exploring both Hokusai’s creativity and the print culture from which The Great Wave emerged, we will gain a fuller understanding of both the print's meaning and its broad popularity.

Led by an expert on Japanese history, Dr. Gavin Campbell, this interactive seminar will explore the genius of Hokusai through his greatest work. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of Hokusai's creative genius and of the culture in which he lived.

Gavin received a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and came to Kyoto in 2001. He is a Ph.D. professor of history at Doshisha University. His teaching and research revolve around Japan's cultural encounters with the West, particularly during the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods (1600-1940), and he has published on the history of foreign tourism and of Protestant missionaries in Japan. To further explore Japan's global cultural encounters, he is currently writing a book on the history of Japanese menswear from the 1600s through the early 20th century. He is also an expert on Kyoto geisha culture and a frequent participant in geisha entertainment.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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M.M.

Excellent.

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A.W.
Great Wave Deep Dive

Gavin's presentations are always thorough, fascinating and well-presented. Hokusai's Great Wave was particularly interesting to me, since it probed deeply into all aspects of this beautiful and well-known woodblock print.

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R.A.
Hokusai Great Wave

Dr. Gavin Campbell was very well organized and explained thoughts clearly. I enjoyed the analysis of the wave woodcut and how it related to other Hokusai prints. I enjoyed the two brief periods of music while looking at other prints. Very enjoyable and would recommend the talk to people who love all Japanese prints.

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He teaches with passion for his material and it’s contagiousness!

Learned so much more than I thought I knew about Japanese printmaking in the 19th century. His lecture and the observations of the other attendees made it a perfect interactive learning experience. His visuals and even music added so much. Will follow his offerings in the future

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N.J.G.
A Fine Introduction!

A fine introduction to Hokusai’s life, the process and culture of producing woodblocks, and the artistry on view in “The Great Wave.” Another one of Dr. Campbell’s amazing seminars!

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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M.M.

Excellent.

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A.W.
Great Wave Deep Dive

Gavin's presentations are always thorough, fascinating and well-presented. Hokusai's Great Wave was particularly interesting to me, since it probed deeply into all aspects of this beautiful and well-known woodblock print.

R
R.A.
Hokusai Great Wave

Dr. Gavin Campbell was very well organized and explained thoughts clearly. I enjoyed the analysis of the wave woodcut and how it related to other Hokusai prints. I enjoyed the two brief periods of music while looking at other prints. Very enjoyable and would recommend the talk to people who love all Japanese prints.

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F.
He teaches with passion for his material and it’s contagiousness!

Learned so much more than I thought I knew about Japanese printmaking in the 19th century. His lecture and the observations of the other attendees made it a perfect interactive learning experience. His visuals and even music added so much. Will follow his offerings in the future

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N.J.G.
A Fine Introduction!

A fine introduction to Hokusai’s life, the process and culture of producing woodblocks, and the artistry on view in “The Great Wave.” Another one of Dr. Campbell’s amazing seminars!