Katsushika Hokusai (October or November 1760–May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and
printmaker of the Edo period. In his time, he was Japan's leading expert on Chinese painting. Born in Edo
(now Tokyo), Hokusai is best-known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount
Fuji, c. 1831, which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off
Kanagawa, created during the 1820s.