Two globally renowned artists have been made part of the Re-create process so far: Johannes Vermeer, one of the undisputed masters of the Dutch Golden Age, and Katsushika Hokusai, an ukiyo-e artist renowned internationally for his majestic mountains and waves. These two artists, while separated by country and by era, are connected by their powerful use of blue. For Vermeer, it was shimmering ultramarine, made from crushed lapis lazuli. For Hokusai, it was the intense and expressive Prussian blue. Their revolutionary use of blue and their lasting legacies as virtuoso artists have brought them together as part of the Re-create project. Find out more about why below.
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is today renowned for his brilliant use of light and acknowledged as one of the masters of Dutch Golden Age painting; Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665) is perhaps his best known work. He is also known for his use of mechanical aids, such as camera obscura, his highly detailed approach to composition, and his choice of vivid and expensive pigments—including natural ultramarine. Read more
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was a Japanese ukiyo-e (floating world) artist, best known for Great Wave Off Kanagawa, part of the Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji series of woodblock prints. In this series, Hokusai made prolific use of Prussian blue, a newly imported synthetic pigment, which guaranteed the series was a hit on its initial release in 1830 and is doubtless linked to its continuing popularity today. Read more