The British Museum goes beyond the Japanese artist’s famous wave print, while slavery is considered from the point of view of an 18th-century African
While Constable, Turner and Goya were at work in the west, exhilarating Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai was creating indelible images of mountains, the sea, a gust of wind and, above all, people. Hokusai’s art combines a passion for natural beauty with an eye for human comedy in a way that makes him one of the most engaging of all great artists. He is ironic without being cruel, colourful without being decorative and sees philosophical depth in the smallest of moments.
British Museum, WC1, 25 May to 13 August