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Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist. He lived from 1760 to 1849. He used many different names in his work, but is better known today by his first name Hokusai.

He painted and made prints, and drew pictures for books. He was a master of printing pictures on paper using wood blocks. His style, or school, of art was called ukiyo-e which means "popular" in Japanese. He made over 30 thousand pictures. His most famous sets of pictures are 36 Views of Fuji, and Mangwa. Today, Hokusai is often remembered in the West for his picture The Great Wave. He is now recognised as one of the most important artists of all time, due to his contributions to Asian art styles.