Katsushika Hokusai, Dragon ascending Mount Fuji from 'One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji' (Fugaku hyakkei), a woodblock print

Japan, Edo period, published AD 1835

Woodblock-printed book in three volumes, published by Seirindō, Edo (and others)

Hokusai (1760-1849) had achieved enormous success with the publication of his series of colour prints 'Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji' (Fugaku sanjūrokkei) between about 1829 and 1832. The series was even extended by a further ten prints. Following this he went on to design 102 more views of the famous peak which were published in three volumes over a period of about fifteen years. They were printed from blocks made in the workshop of the master carver Egawa Tomekichi. For this book, Hokusai chose to work in monochrome. He used fine black line and various subtle shades of grey, concentrating on eccentric and imaginative compositions, rather than the realistic depiction of actual places.

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Bibliography

L. Smith (ed.), Ukiyo-e images of unknown Japa (London, The British Museum Press, 1988/89)

H. Smith (ed.), Hokusai: one hundred views of (London, Thames and Hudson, 1988)

J. Hillier, The art of the Japanese book, (London, Philip Wilson Publishers, 1987)

Jack Hillier and Lawrence Smith, Japanese prints: 300 years of (London, The British Museum Press, 1980)

L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)

Dimensions

Height: 227.000 mm
Width: 157.000 mm

Museum number

Asia JA 1979.3-5.0454 (1-3) (JH 454)

JCF11369

Jack Hillier Collection

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