Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), a well-known Japanese painter and print maker, that came from a family of artisans. Hokusai made more then 30,000 paintings and illustrations, from an enormous picture that can only be seen from rooftops to a painting of two sparrows on a single grain of rice. On each social position or style of work that was changed, he chose to sign with a different name and his lifetime he had forty to fifty different names. At the age 72, his house was burned and so as his many notes and drawings were ruined. "The Great Wave" is one of his famous woodcut print, that Europeans and Americans came to be familiar with Japanese art, in the early 1600's.
His Style influenced Art Nouveau contemporaries in the 19th century and the Impressionist movement that included Monet and Renoir.