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    (circa October 1760-May 10, 1849)
    Born in Tokyo, Japan
    Birth name was Tokitaro
    Ukiyo-e (wood block) painter and printer
    Best known work is 'Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji'
    He used over thirty names during his career.
    He was expelled from art schools for clashing with his teachers.
    He created a painting for the shogun by painting a blue curve, then chasing across the paper a chicken whose feet had been dipped in red paint, and calling the results a landscape of a river with red maple leafs floating in it.
    He called himself 'the old man mad about art.'
    He painted 30,000 works and had over fifty pupils during his career.
    His studio and much of his work was destroyed in a fire (1839).
    On his deathbed, he said 'If only heaven will give me just another ten years, then I could become a real painter.'
    His works were collected by and influenced Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Credit: C. Fishel

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