Katsushika Hokusai, ‘Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji: Senju in Musashi Province’, ca. 1831, Scholten Japanese Art

travelers pause to take in the view of Fuji from Senju, a northern suburb of Edo, while an angler prepares to cast his line from a canal near the Arakawa river, a packhorse in the foreground stamps the ground while a crab pinches at his lead; signed Hokusai aratame Iitsu hitsu, ca. 1831
oban yoko-e 10 by 14 3/4 in., 25.3 by 37.4 cm

Series: Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji

Image rights: Scholten Japanese Art

Richard Lane: Hokusai: Life and Work, 1989, p. 200, no. 258
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Jocelyn Bouquillard, Hokusai's Mount Fuji: The Complete Views in Color, 2007, pp. 28-31, no.

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