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.
Tsukuda Island in Musashi Province, Edo - Attractive view of boats returning home to Tsukuda Island at the mouth of the Sumida River as the sun sets. Some vessels carry fishermen while others are piled high with goods. The rooftops of the village are nestled among the dark trees, with masts visible on the other side of the isle from ships already anchored for the night. A soft warm glow spreads along the horizon, with the peak of Mt. Fuji towering above.
Published by the Kato Hanga Kenkyusho (Woodblock Print Research Center) of Tokyo, with publisher's seal in margin of each print.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 10" x 14 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.