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February 18, 2012 – June 24, 2012
Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive & 12th Street, SW
Location: Galleries 6 & 7
Freer Gallery of Art founder Charles Lang Freer (1854–1919) first discovered the great Japanese artist Hokusai (1760–1849) through his woodblock prints. Beginning in 1898, Freer turned to collecting Hokusai’s paintings, and by 1907 he had gathered a collection that remains unrivaled in its holdings of original Hokusai paintings and drawings. A selection from this collection, along with a few important subsequent acquisitions of Hokusai’s work, is on view. This installation features such highlights as Boy Viewing Mount Fuji and three masterworks of Hokusai’s last years—Thunder God, Fisherman, and Woodcutter.
Two other exhibitions on Hokusai are Hokusai: Japanese Screens (January 28-July 29, 2012) at the Freer Gallery and Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (March 24–June 17, 2012) at the Sackler Gallery.