In the Mountains of Totomi Province, from the series Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji

Maker(s)
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 (1760-1849)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1831
Medium
Woodblock print; color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 25.6 x 38.5 cm (10 1/16 x 15 3/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2004.3.211
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Mount Fuji, oban, snow, ukiyo-e, work, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Label

Hokusai's series, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjvroku kei), is one of the most famous in the history of Japanese prints. Initially conceived as a set of thirty-six images, the series was so popular that forty-six designs were published. In this print, showing Mount Fuji from the mountains of Totomi, the activities of common people occupy center stage. The sacred mountain appears in the distance, framed by the "A" support securing a large timber as two carpenters saw planks and another sharpens his saw under a straw lean-to. Smoke from a nearby fire is delicately engraved and printed in this fine early impression of a design in which the predominant tones are blue and gray.

Published References
  • Gian Carlo Calza. Hokusai. Exh. cat. London and New York. V. 35.19.
  • Ann Yonemura, Nagata Seiji, Kobayashi Tadashi, Asano Shugo, Timothy Clark, Naito Masatoshi. Hokusai: Volume Two. Exh. cat. Washington, 2006. cat. 99, p. 82.
  • Ann Yonemura. Hokusai: Volume One. Exh. cat. Washington, 2006. cat. 119, p. 184.
  • Ann Yonemura, et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 119, pp. 292-293.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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