Katsushika Hokusai’s most famous prints series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji
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”
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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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