"One of the world's most important collections of art has re-emerged
after having been lost for more than 70 years.
The corpus – 103 original drawings by the non-Western world's most
famous artist, the 19th century Japanese painter, Hokusai – came to
light in Paris and has now been bought by the British Museum.
The newly discovered artworks appear to have formed part of one of the
most ambitious publishing projects ever conceived – a Japanese plan to
create a huge pictorial encyclopaedia.
Known as the Great Picture Book of Everything, it was conceived by
Hokusai (best known for his most famous work – The Great Wave) – but was
The project was abandoned in the 1830s – either because of cost or
possibly because Hokusai insisted on reproduction standards that were
difficult to attain."
Via Muse, who wrote "Amazing news!"
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