Katsushika Hokusai, ‘Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji: At Sea off Kazusa’, ca. 1830, Scholten Japanese Art

two junks with full sails fill the composition, in the far distance, the conical peak of Fuji is framed by the taut lines of the ship's rigging; signed zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu, published by Eijudo (Nishimura Yohachi), ca. 1830
oban yoko-e 9 5/8 by 14 3/8 in., 24.5 by 36.5 cm
Kazusa is located on the Boso Peninsula which encloses the protected waters of Edo (Tokyo) Bay to the west. Slightly later impressions replace the light green with yellow on the thatched coverings and cargo along the decks of the ships.

Series: Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji

Image rights: Scholten Japanese Art

Publisher: Eijudo (Nishimura Yohachi)

Gian Carlo Calza, Hokusai: Il vecchio pazzo per la pittura, 1999, p. 294, no. V.35.30
Gian Carlo Calza, Hokusai, 2003, p. 280, no. v.35.30
Jocelyn Bouquillard, Hokusai's Mount Fuji: The Complete Views in Color, 2007, pp. 78-79, no. 30

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