Hokusai’s Views of Mount Fuji

Hokusai is a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter, and printmaker who lived from 1760 to 1849.  In 1830 he began his 36 Views of Mount Fuji, a series of prints depicting different scenes in which the sacred mountain is visible.  Attributed to the artist is this quote:  “At the age of five years I had the habit of sketching things.  At the age of fifty I had produced a large number of pictures, but for all that, none of them had any merit until the age of seventy.  At seventy-three finally I learned something about the true nature of things, birds, animals, insects, fish, the grasses and the trees.  So at the age of eighty years I will have made some progress, at ninety I will have penetrated the deepest significance of things, at a hundred I will make real wonders and at a hundred and ten, every point, every line, will have a life of its own.”  Below are nine of the 36 Views, including Hokusai’s most famous print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa.




















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