Hokusai and the Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji - In Japan, Mt. Fuji is a sacred place and a symbol of the country itself. Rising majestically near the center of Japan, Fuji dominates the landscape and the Japanese national identity. At the age of sixty-nine, the great Hokusai began what would become the most famous landscape print series of ukiyo-e, his incredible Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.
Originally intended to comprise thirty-six prints, the publisher added an additional ten images, bringing the series total to forty-six woodblocks. Originally published around 1830, Hokusai's bold compositions capture the strength, beauty, and symbolism of Mt. Fuji in rain and snow, at sunrise and dusk, and from a variety of vantage points. The series includes some of Hokusai's greatest masterpieces. These fantastic images portray the strength and majesty of nature, leading the viewer to contemplate man's place in relation to the natural world. A truly magnificent series, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji justly remains Hokusai's most famous and highly regarded work.
Fuji from Gotenyama - Charming scene of cherry blossom viewing at Gotenyama, the hill north of Shinagawa in Edo. At lower right, people stroll along a path, a couple of men waving fans as they dance about. At left, three men enjoy sake as they relax on a mat beneath the flowering pink trees. The snow covered peak of Mt. Fuji can be seen in the distance framed by the trees. An attractive spring view. This Takamizawa Publisher reprint comes with a double-sided sheet with a description in Japanese and English.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 9 7/8" x 14 1/4"
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.