The aim of Hokusai, a Japanese artist, was to live – and work – beyond the age of 100.
Hokusai was very attentive to how they were made, entrusting his drawings to skilled carvers who inked up the carved woodblocks by hand.
The popularity of Hokusai’s work didn’t save him from periods of serious penury.
He took the name Hokusai when he was nearly 40; later, he styled himself Gakyo Rojin, which translates as “Old Man Crazy to Paint”.
Hokusai lived his last years with his painter-daughter in various rooming houses until he died at the age of 89.