Goebel lets you experience how, in close cooperation with artists and designers, objects made of porcelain, glass, or similar materials can become something very special.Katsushika Hokusai, born in 1760 in todayÕs city of Tokyo, started an apprenticeship as wood-carver at the age of 15. He travelled through Japan, frequently changing his teachers and schools and also his name. During his lifetime of almost 90 years, Hokusai used about 30 different names, such as Gakyojin that can be translated as Òcrazy about paintingÓ. The series ÒThirty-Six Views of Mount FujiÓ became his most popular work. It includes the famous ÒGreat Wave off KanagawaÓ.
In his Homeland Japan, HokusaiÕs work was rather considered as Òeveryday graphicsÓ, whereas in Europe his art contributed to Japonism, inspired artists like Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt and also influenced Art Nouveau.