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

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

Woodblock print

Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Mount Fuji, oban, snow, ukiyo-e, work, WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable

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, et al. 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, with contributions by 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
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