Katsushika Hokusai, ‘Tama River, Bushu’, ca. 1829 -1833, Ronin Gallery

This stunning print from Hokusai’s “Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji” depicts the iconic peak rising through low clouds, the currents of the Tama River cutting a gently sloping diagonal across the composition. The palette of subdued but richly hued indigos and dark blues endows the image with a surprisingly modern and graphic quality.

Signature: Hokusai Iitsu hits

Publisher: Eijudo

About Katsushika Hokusai

Adhering to a common Japanese practice with extreme frequency, Katsushika Hokusai transitioned between upwards of 30 pseudonyms throughout his career, each correlating to a different period or style. Despite the many changes, his surname prevails—Hokusai—which unites the surplus of monikers into a single legacy for the artist, printmaker, and ukiyo-e painter. In his early work, Hokusai depicted the traditional subject matter of ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings, Kabuki actors; however, he monumentally revolutionized the medium by shifting his focus to landscapes and images of daily life in Japan. Hokusai is best-known for his woodblock series, “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” (1831), which mastered the landscape while exploring the relationship between man and environment, and contained the The Great Wave off Kanagawa, which remains one of the most universally recognized icons of Japanese art.

Japanese, 1760-1849, Tokyo, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan