Katsushika Hokusai believed that the older he got, the better his art became

We are inspired by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai who believed that the older he got, the better his art became.

“From the age of six I had a penchant for copying the form of things and from fifty my pictures were frequently published; but until the age of seventy nothing I drew was worthy of notice. At seventy-three years I was somewhat able to fathom the growth of plants and trees, and the structure of birds, animals, insects and fish. Thus, when I reach eighty years I hope to have made increasing progress and at ninety to see further into the underlying principles of things, so that at one hundred years I will have achieved a divine state in my art and at a hundred and ten, every dot and every stroke will be as though alive.” – written by Hokusai in 1835 at the age of 75

Hokusai is currently exhibited at the British Museum: Hokusai: Beyond The Great Wave 

Left: Hokusai self-portrait as fisherman*

*He changed his name more than thirty time over his ninety years, finally signing himself Old Man Mad about Painting

Top and bottom right: Hokusai self-portraits at the age of 83

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