Hokusai: He Saw the World in a Wave (What the Artist Saw)

by Susie Hodge (Author) Kim Ekdahl (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

See the world through Hokusai's eyes and be inspired to produce your own masterpieces.

Have you ever wondered exactly what your favorite artists were looking at to make them draw, sculpt, or paint the way they did? In this charming illustrated series of books to keep and collect, created in full collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can see what they saw, and be inspired to create your own artworks, too. In What the Artist Saw: Hokusai, meet groundbreaking Japanese artist Hokusai. Step into his life and learn what led him to create more than 30,000 works of art, including his famous woodcut views of The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Mount Fuji. Discover how he planned to live to 110 and even produced the first ever pieces of manga! Have a go at making your own printed artworks.

In this series, follow the artists' stories and find intriguing facts about their environments and key masterpieces. Then see what you can see and make your own art. Take a closer look at landscapes with Georgia O'Keeffe, or even yourself, with Vincent van Gogh. Every book in this series is one to treasure and keep - perfect for inspiring budding young artists to continue their own artistic journeys.

(c) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Susie Hodge
Illustrator: Kim Ekdahl Kim is a freelance illustrator based in Sweden. She has roots in game development and worked as a lead artist in the game industry before deciding to pursue illustration fulltime. Working with games made her realize her love for creating unique characters and telling enchanting stories with her art. When she's not illustrating she enjoys playing games, reading fantasy or sci-fi novels and taking care of her plants, which are all things that inspire her art greatly. She loves working with color, usually bright saturated ones, and is always on the hunt for the next perfect color palette.

Author: Susie Hodge Susie Hodge MA FRSA is an award-winning UK-based author who has written more than 100 books on art, art history, history and artistic techniques. Susie's other activities include lectures, talks and practical workshops, plus television and radio talks and documentaries about art.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
November 20, 2021
What the Artist Saw
BISAC categories
JNF007010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Art
JNF006040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Art | History
Library of Congress categories
Edo period, 1600-1868
Katsushika, Hokusai
Painting, Japanese
Art, Japanese

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