Some say he is the first erotic artist whose works penetrated (no pun intended) the mainstream art world with such force it changed the way people view erotica forever. Others say he was just a perverted old man with a talent for drawing.
The latter are few and far between, however, as most recognize the genius of Katsushika Hokusai.
Katsushika district of Edo, Japan is where he was born and where he left to eventually work in a bookshop where he learned the art of wood carving at the age of 14.
Soon he also aquired the skill of surimono (brush painting) helping him elevate his status as an artisan.
Finally his contribution to shunga (春画 erotic art) solidified him has a master Japanese erotic artist and many members of the upper class sought out his work.
The largest of Hokusai’s works is the 15-volume collection Hokusai Manga (北斎漫画),that contains close to 4,000 sketches form 1814.