In today’s episode, we travel to the Art Institute of Chicago for a long look at this iconic print by Japanese artist, Hokusai.

You might remember from the Van Gogh episode that when French artists discovered colorful Japanese woodblock prints like this, it started the enormously popular Japonisme trend and eventually led to Impressionism. 

But influence went both ways. In today’s episode, we’ll find out how a lab accident in Berlin led to Hokusai showcasing this vivid Prussian blue 130 years later.

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SHOW NOTES “A Long Look” theme is “Ascension” by Ron Gelinas

Episode theme is “La Mer - 3 - Dialogue du vent et de la mer” composed by Claude Debussy. Performed by the US Air Force Band Courtesy of

Artwork information

Hokusai bio

Ukiyo-e printing info

Prussian blue story

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