Ties to Hawaii ~ Peter MorseAn important part of the museum’s collection comes from the late Peter Morse, an accomplished art historian and author who lived in Honolulu. His son Daniel, a fellow Punahou alum, attended the opening and commented that “My father would be very, very happy, he would be very proud, and very honored,” he said. “I think Hokusai is the greatest artist who ever lived.” Honolulu locals may best remember Peter Morse for his encyclopedic book, “Jean Charlot’s Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne” among his many publications. Marcia Morse, Peter’s ex-wife, continues to contribute to Hawaii’s art scene through her writing, serving as juror to numerous shows, and creating her own artwork.
at HoMA!If you can’t make it to Tokyo to see the museum, you can still treat your eyes to some of Hokusai’s original masterpieces at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Did you know that HoMA is home to one of the best examples of Hokusai’s famous Great Wave off Kanagawa? Thanks to the generous donations from renowned author James A. Michener in the 1950s, HoMA has a truly world-class collection of classic woodblock prints including numerous Hokusai originals. The museum presented a Hokusai exhibition in 2010 featuring the artist’s “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” in its entirety.
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