Quote from Hokusai’s ‘The Art Crazy Old Man’

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Hokusai’s Great Wave

“I have been in love with painting ever since I became conscious of it at the age of six.  I drew some pictures I thought fairly good when I was fifty, but really nothing I did before the age of seventy was of any value at all.  At seventy-three I have at least caught every aspect of nature–birds, fish, animals, insects, trees, grasses, all.  When I am eighty I shall have developed still further and I will really master the secrets of art at ninety.  when I reach a hundred my work will be truly sublime and my final goal will be attained around the age of one hundred and ten, when every line and dot I draw will be imbued with life.”

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