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Hardcover, 8.25 x 7.75 in. / 248 pgs / 204 color.

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A lost "comic book" or manga by the Japanese master Hokusai, published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

a "tasty morsel" for anyone interested in Hokusai, Manga or Japanese prints

  

MFA PUBLICATIONS, MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

Hokusaiís Lost Manga

Published by MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Text by Sarah E. Thompson.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Hokusaiís Lost Manga</I>.

Nearly 200 years after Hokusai finished the drawings for this charming illustrated book, this intriguing early Japanese manga is finally being published for the first time Ė thanks to a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Rediscovered in an old box in the storage rooms of the museum, these Hokusai drawings should have been used to create the woodblocks for printing a continuation of his Manga series. But although scholars have found an advertisement announcing the title, there is no record of the book ever having been produced.
Ironically, if the book had actually been published, the drawings would have been destroyed in the woodblock cutting process. Instead, presumably after the decision was made not to publish the book, the drawings were folded and bound together. And so they stayed for nearly two centuries.
Author Sarah E. Thompson, Curator of Japanese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has studied the pages in depth for the first time, annotating them to help readers discover these drawings in Hokusai's own hand for themselves.
Although Hokusai is most famous today for the color woodblock prints that he made at the end of his life, he was best known during his own times as a popular book illustrator. Hokusaiís Lost Manga includes the sort of lively, behind-the-scenes sketches of daily life that have made the Hokusai Manga so beloved, with appearances by imaginatively conceived sea creatures, refined flowers, heroes and a variety of craftspeople and laborers. Hokusai fans will find prototypes of many of the people and animals that populate the Japanese masterís later landscape prints. The book also includes an especially interesting series of fabulous astrological deities may reflect Hokusaiís practice of Nichiren Buddhism and his devotion to the Bodhisattva Myōken.
Hokusai: The Lost Manga will delight Ė and intrigue Ė admirers of Hokusaiís prints as well as Manga collectors.

Artist and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) made some of the most iconic images in Japanese art, such as the seminal woodblock print “Under the Wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave).” Already influential in Japan, Hokusai inspired a new audience of budding Impressionists and post-Impressionists in the West upon the opening of Japan to Europe shortly after his death.



Sarah E. Thompson is Assistant Curator for Japanese Prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Featured image is reproduced from Hokusaiís Lost Manga.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Hyperallergic

Claire Voon

...highlights how driven Hokusai was to record his surroundings, no matter how quotidian; his 'tasty morsels' offer a comprehensive view of Japanese life at the time, from the people to the architecture to religious and cultural customs.

The New York Review of Books

Christopher Benfey

The volume of tasty morsels remained unpublished-until now. The cover displays a partially clothed abalone-diver swooping down on her prey with a knife between her teeth. She seems just the right official greeter for Hokusai's incisive art.

Philadelphia Enquirer

Sarah E. Thompson

The detail throughout is thoroughly wonderful.

The Boston Globe

Nina MacLaughlin

Tucked away in a storage room at the Museum of Fine Arts, a collection of Hokusaiís drawings was recently unearthed and has been published for the first time. Hokusaiís Lost Manga... The handsome volume includes dozens of lively, lovely images, showcasing Hokusaiís skill at capturing movement, in swirling garments, in water, in wind, in bodies in motion at work, spinning pots on a wheel, making paper, washing a horse, trekking up a hill.

Artistsreview

Brian Riley

Hokusaiís Lost Manga includes...a short note explaining each drawing and situating it in the context of early-19th-century Japanese art. From these we discover a wealth of obscure trivia.

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