Hokusai by Deborah Kogan Ray
The Man Who Painted a Mountain

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A tribute to an artist unafraid to break with tradition.

In her own glowing paintings and lucid text, Deborah Kogan Ray tells the fascinating life story of the Japanese artist Hokusai (1760-1849). He rose from poverty, taught himself to draw, became the promising pupil of a great master, and then defied tradition to become one of the most important and influential artists in the world.

Ray's paintings are rich with period and biographical detail. The endpapers show drawings from Hokusai's sketchbooks. Also included is one of his famous Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

About Deborah Kogan Ray

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Deborah Kogan Ray studied painting and printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including I Have a Sister, My Sister Is Deaf by Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She lives in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.
Published October 9, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Young readers will get a taste of his art, from sketchbook pages reproduced on the endpapers and a spread devoted to his most famous woodblock print, “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.” They will also see, from Ray’s own fluid, bustling scenes, his world: the crowded markets and festivals of Edo (Toky...

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The painter, who never knew his father and whose mother died when he was just six years old, developed a quiet confidence and portrayed the peasantry from whence he came: " 'I must paint the way my heart tells me,' he told wealthy patrons when they refused to buy his pictures of laboring artisan...

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