Old Man Mad with PaintingApril 27, 2010 at 3:37 AM | Posted in Art, Personal Development | 2 Comments
Tags: Carol Dweck, Hokusai
Hokusai lived to a great old age and his last name for himself was Gakyō Rōjin: “old man mad with painting.” At age 73 he thought that he was finally learning how to paint. He began at age six. At 89, the year of his death, he prayed that he could paint to 100 so his work might take on a transcendence that he felt he had not yet achieved.
If he had only painted Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji his fame would have been secure but then came the “One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji” and so much more.
For Hokusai there was no end to the gains his art could make, no end to the greater life his brush strokes could take on. Even in death he rises before us, like Mount Fuji, timeless.