—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
—Bringing soul to still lifes
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—Art in service of knowledge
On a blustery fall night in 1836, Charles Darwin arrived in the port city of Falmouth, stepping onto English soil for the first time in four years. Darwin's travels on the H.M.S. Beagle had taken him to South America, the Galápagos Islands and Australia, where he had collected thousands of specimens of fossils, birds, fish and reptiles. But back in England, his work had just begun. Read More
Art and the battle for identity
Why do great artists die young?