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- Author Katsushika Hokusai
- Performed by publisher and owner of woodcut boards: Yoshikawa Hanshichi
- Date of production 1877
- Place of creation Tokyo, Japan
- Dimensions height: 24 cm, width: 16 cm, thickness: 0,8 cm, jap. format hanshibon, diameter: grubość: 0,8 cm (jap. format hanshibon)
- Number of cards 26 cards + covers
- Author's designation Katsushika Hokusai kojin 葛飾北斎 (故人), Japanese: “deceased Katsushika Hokusai”
- ID no. MSITJM1315/2
- Acquired date 1996, donated by an unknown person
- Object copyright The Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums Plus project
In the collection of the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, there is an edition of the work 100 views of Mount Fuji by Katsushiki Hokusai. Hokusai was one of the most famous Japanese artists and he created old ukiyo-e woodcuts (Japanese: “a view of the world that passes away”).more
In the collection of the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, there is an edition of the work 100 views of Mount Fuji by Katsushiki Hokusai. Hokusai was one of the most famous Japanese artists and he created old ukiyo-e woodcuts (Japanese: “a view of the world that passes away”). This book of three volumes was made with the use of a traditional method. Each volume consists of pages printed on Japanese paper with the use of the woodcut technique, folded in half and trimmed with a very thin string along outer edges. There is no colophon (publishing certificate) at the end of the 1st and 2nd volume. The middle column, along which the pages are folded (the so-called hashira, literally “post, pillar”) bears the title of the work, the volume number, as well as a dividing line and a folio number at the bottom. Each volume has covers of thick black paper. They are covered with a gleaming pattern resembling motifs of clouds (in the original, the clouds were pink and salmon-pink). On the outside of each volume, there is a rectangular label of white paper with a red inscription including the title of the work and volume number, placed in a double red cartouche. The number of illustrations is different for each volume. A composition sometimes covers one page, and at other times, it covers two neighbouring pages. The 2nd volume is of special interest due to its close connection with the series of single woodcuts, 36 views of Mount Fuji.
Three volumes of 100 views of Mount Fuji are commonly regarded as the highest achievement in the field of illustrated books in Japan, although the first two volumes were of a higher quality than the 3rd one, which was published by another publisher a year later. Together with the volumes of Hokusai manga, they had the strongest influence on the art of the West.
When showing Mount Fuji in many different circumstances, Hokusai depicts its unremitting and universal presence in Japanese culture and he pays tribute to this holy mountain.
Thanks to his inexhaustible originality in presenting the topic, the artist transforms ordinary and typical views of Mount Fuji into something fascinating and unforgettable, delicate and ethereal. He uses traditional subjects and elements of the view and arranges them freely, while keeping the regular, natural features of the landscape. He takes quite a surprising observation point, yet the viewer has the impression that it was the only possible view. Therefore, both the landscape and the uniqueness of the work inspire admiration.
Elaborated by Małgorzata Martini (The Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved