|THE 37 VIEWS OF MT. FUJI
[ Hokusai Only had 36 ]
© 2013 PAUL VOLKER
PAINTED IN 1996
...Actually, Hokusai created well over 100 views of Mount Fuji. Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was born in Edo (now Tokyo).
He is one of the outstanding figures of the Ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world" (everyday life), school of printmaking.
Hokusai was extremely prolific, producing about 30,000 paintings, prints, and drawings.
Like many Japanese artists of the 18th and 19th centuries, he made his living mainly from color prints made from engraved woodblocks. One of his most famous series is "Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji." (circa 1826-33).
Hokusai's work later became well-known outside Asia, and he influenced the Impressionist artists with his technically beautiful observances of life and landscapes. Hokusai used more than 50 names on his work, which included book illustrations and printed cards. This series is a tribute to that great master.