Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), who was one of the most active ukiyo-e artists in Edo Period, accomplished the Mt.Fuji arts series of “Fugaku Sanjurokkei”(Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji) in early 18th century.
Viewing one by one, you should not get boared with them by his color usage and composition. Please click if you want to learn about the description of the woodblock printings
The garalley of Mt. Fuji prints, ”Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”
- Nihonbashi, Edo
- The store of Mitsui in Suruga-cho, the Eastern capital
- Surugadai in the Eastern capital
- Asakusa Hongan-ji temple in the Eastern capital
- Under Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa
- Sazai hall – Temple of Five Hundred Rakan
- Cushion Pine at Aoyama
- Watermill at Onden
- Below Meguro
- Tea house at Koishikawa. The morning after a snowfall
- Sunset across the Ryōgoku Bridge from the bank of the Sumida River at Onmayagashi
- Sekiya Village on the Sumida River
- Senju, Musashi Province
- Pleasure District at Senju
- Tsukuda Island in Musashi Province
- The Kazusa Province sea route
- Bay of Noboto
- Ushibori in Hitachi Province
- Goten-yama-hill, Shinagawa on the Tōkaidō
- The Great Wave Off Kanagawa
- Tama River in Musashi Province
- Hodogaya on the Tōkaidō
- Shichiri beach in Sagami Province
- Enoshima in Sagami Province
- Nakahara in Sagami Province
- Umezawa in Sagami Province
- The lake of Hakone in Sagami Province
- Mishima Pass in Kai Province
- The Tea plantation of Katakura in Suruga Province
- Ōno Shinden in the Suruga Province
- Rainstorm Beneath the Summit
- Fine Wind, Clear Morning
- Climbing on Fuji
- Ejiri in Suruga Province
- Shore of Tago Bay, Ejiri at Tōkaidō
- The Fuji from Kanaya on the Tōkaidō
- Mount Fuji from the mountains of Tōtōmi
- Yoshida at Tōkaidō
- Fuji View Field in Owari Province
- Inume Pass, Kai Province
- Mount Fuji refrects in Lake Kawaguchi
- Dawn at Isawa in Kai Province
- Lake Suwa in Shinano Province
- Kajikazawa in Kai Province
- The back of Fuji from the Minobu River
Though nobody knows the exact production period, it seemed Katsushika Hokusai made the Mt. Fuji arts series from 1823 to 1831. And Nishimura-ya Yohachi pulbished the famous landscape woodblock printings.
Hokusai was already over 70 years old when he worked on the series of artworks. However, the powerfulness and diversity of them as well as the Utagawa Hiroshige(1797-1858)‘s “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido” raised the importance of the landscape painting in Japanese art.
As you see, it conatains more than 36 woodblock printings, because he added other 10 works of “Back Fuji” with Sumizuri-e. Mt.Fuji has been a special mountain for the Japanese.
And the people at that time worshiped and go to pray at Mt. Fuji. As a result, the series became so popular as Nishimura-ya seeked.
Especially, No.21 The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, No.32 Reinstorm beneath the Summit, No.33 South Wind, Clear Sky(red fuji) and No.35 Ejiri in Suruga Provinvce are most famous Japanese paintings all over the world.
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