I’m not a museum guy or art guy, but made an exception yesterday and went to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco with my wife to see “Japanesque” which is running until January 9, 2011. I loved it! It is a huge collection on loan from various sources that show the creation and evolution of woodblock print carving and reprint production from Japan, and how this style (called ukiyo-e) influenced painters in France and the United States.
The main thing that pulled me to this exhibit was the chance to see my favorite painter, Katsushika Hokusai. He didn’t use many colors, but is credited with being one of the 1st to use “Prussian Blue,” which at the time was a rare pigment from Europe later popularized by Bob Ross, of course! A lot of his work was on display, as well as many of his sketchbooks, which was just incredible to see how he conceived my favorite painting, his famous “