—The other half of Hokusai
'Ōi! Ōi!' The print master Hokusai would call across the workshop to his daughter Eijo. 'ōi, ōi, oyaji dono' what's up old man? she would reply.* Eijo was the first child born to the great Edo printmaker Katsushika Hokusai's second wife, and like her older sisters Mijo and Tatsu she was brought up in the studio, where tradition dictated they assist in the family business until they married. Read More
Correcting the record
Art and the battle for identity
—Why do great artists die young?
It's a nearly mythological phenomenon. A young creative genius takes the world by storm. Their artwork, music, poetry—it's raw. Unfiltered. The strength of their message, their confusion, energy, love and pain jump into our hearts. Then they overdose, die of illness, or take their own life. Read More