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.
Mountain Climbers - An interesting and unusual view of Fuji, the only print not depicting the mountain's general configuration. Here pilgrims are seen climbing up the side of the road, a large group huddled in the cave for warmth.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 9 1/2" x 14 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Some soiling. Toning with age, see photos. Nice overall.