Hokusai and the Thirty-six Views of Mt.Fuji - In Japan, Mt. Fuji is a sacred place and a symbol of the country itself. Rising majestically near the center of Japan, Fuji dominates the landscape and the Japanese national identity. At the age of sixty-nine, the great Hokusai began what would become the most famous landscape print series of ukiyo-e, his incredible "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji."
Originally intended to comprise 36 prints, the publisher added an additional 10 images, bringing the series total to 46 woodblocks. Originally published around 1830, Hokusai's bold compositions capture the strength, beauty, and symbolism of Mt. Fuji in rain and snow, at sunrise and dusk, and from a variety of vantage points. The series includes some of Hokusai's greatest masterpieces. These fantastic images portray the strength and majesty of nature, leading the viewer to contemplate man's place in relation to the natural world. A truly magnificent series, "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" justly remains Hokusai's most famous and highly regarded work.
This Complete Boxed Set - This handsome, complete boxed set comprises all 46 prints from Hokusai's "Thirty-six Views of Fuji" series. Each design has been meticulously carved and printed with beautiful color and attention to detail, and fine bokashi shading. Hokusai's masterwork Fuji series includes his iconic "The Great Wave," along with memorable designs such as "Red Fuji" and "Thunderstorm beneath the Summit." Each oban size reprint comes in a windowed viewing folder, and two prints fit into each of the 23 outer envelopes. The prints have full margins and are attached to the viewing folders on the reverse at two points along the top edge. The envelopes are housed in a handsome, traditional brocade cloth-covered case with toggle closures, and the set includes a pamphlet in Japanese. Don’t miss this great opportunity to acquire a complete set of Hokusai's exceptional "Thirty-six Fuji" series, in a fine boxed presentation.
Please note: This boxed set is quite heavy. International bidders are welcome; however, there is an additional $75 charge to ship the set internationally.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Size - Each image 9 3/4" x 14 3/4" + margins as shown; windowed viewing folders 13" x 18 7/8"; overall size 19 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Condition - Prints with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Some prints have a few spots, but the Great Wave and Red Fuji are in excellent condition. One print has wrinkling at the corner. One toggle closure on case is broken. Please see photos for details. Generally in good to nice condition overall.