thirty six views of mount fuji

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Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa is one of the most famous (if not the most famous) works of Japanese art in existence. However, many are unaware that the piece is actually part of a larger set. 

Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji is Hokusai’s exploration of Fuji and the context around it. Every piece depicts Mount Fuji from a different place within Japan. In The Great Wave, Fuji can be seen in the distance just underneath where the wave is about to crash down. Every piece reveals a little piece of life in Japan - a little piece of Japanese history. Originally, only thirty-six (36) prints were created, but due to their popularity another ten were later added, bringing the total number of prints up to forty-six (46).

The first ten images of the series are above. In order, they are titled:

  1. The Great Wave off Kanagawa
  2. South Wind, Clear Sky (also known as Red Fuji)
  3. Rainstorm Beneath the Summit
  4. Under Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa
  5. Sundai, Edo
  6. Cusion Pine at Aoyama
  7. Senju, Musashi Province
  8. Inume Pass, Kooshuu
  9. Fuji View Field in Owari Province
  10. Ejiri in Surugara Province (my personal favorite!!!)
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Miss Hokusai trailer, which is about the daughter of famous Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, who you probably know from his iconic work The Great Wave off Kanagawa from Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, as she begins to develop as an artist in her own right.

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Hokusai, “The Great Wave” from the series Thirty-six Views Mount Fuji, 1830

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Boucheron ‘Wave Tiara’, circa 1910-1920

This 1910 tiara is a beautiful example of a Japanese inspired piece paying homage to the famous Hokusai painting, entitled The Great Wave of Kanagawa, from the ‘Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji’ series.

Japanisim as an artistic influence swept through Europe in the 1880s and 1890s as a predecessor to Art Nouveau.  Boucheron was obviously not immune to its unique charm.

Very little is known about this stunning tiara.  Munn’s Tiara’s (a reference) only states that the tiara was fabricated in 1910 by the French master goldsmith Coulot for Boucheron and that its whereabouts are unknown.  

Katsushika Hokusai, Under the Wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, c.1830–32, polychrome woodblock print, ink and color on paper, 25.7 x 37.9 cm, various collections. Source

Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai’s most famous woodblock print was the first in his Thirty-sex Views of Mount Fuji series. Fuji can be seen in the background of the scene, whilst a huge wave jostles two boats sailing off the coast of Kanagawa.

Katsushika Hokusai
Japanese, 1760-1849
Nishimuraya Yohachi, publisher
Japanese
Ejiri, Suruga Province (Shunshu ejiri), Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji, ca. 1829-1833
Polychrome wood block print/RISD Museum

Katsushika Hokusai
Japanese, 1760-1849
Nishimuraya Yohachi, publisher
Japanese
Mount Fuji from the tea plantation of Katakura, Suruga Province (Sunshu katakura chaen no fuji), Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji, ca. 1833
Polychrome wood block print/RISD Museum

Katsushika Hokusai
Japanese, 1760-1849
Nishimuraya Yohachi, publisher
Japanese
At sea off Kazusa (Kazusa no kairo), Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji, ca. 1829-1833
Polychrome wood block print/RISD Museum

Katsushika Hokusai
Japanese, 1760-1849
Nishimuraya Yohachi, publisher
Japanese
The Paddies of Ono, Suruga Province (Sunshu Ono shinden), Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji, ca. 1833
Polychrome wood block print/RISD Museum