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.
A Tokyo National Museum Reprint - This reprint is from a series supervised by the Tokyo National Museum, published in a limited edition of 500 prints. The chuban format prints were available by subscription, with two prints issued each month until the series was complete. The Tokyo National Museum commissioned high quality reprints of many of the ukiyo-e masterworks in its collection. Each print has a red publisher's seal on the reverse. A nice opportunity to collect some of Hokusai's classic imagery from an interesting reprint edition.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 7" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.
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