is an ukiyo-e
series of large, color woodblock prints
by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai
(1760–1849). The series depicts Mount Fuji
in differing seasons and weather conditions from a variety of different places and distances. It actually consists of 46 prints created between 1826 and 1833. The first 36 were included in the original publication and, due to their popularity, ten more were added after the original publication.
While Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
is the most famous ukiyo-e series to focus on Mount Fuji, there are several other series with the same subject, including Hiroshige
's Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
and Hokusai's own later series One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji
. Mount Fuji is a popular subject for Japanese art due to its cultural and religious significance. This belief can be traced to The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
, where a goddess deposits the elixir of life on the peak. As Henry Smith explains, "Thus from an early time, Mt. Fuji was seen as the source of the secret of immortality, a tradition that was at the heart of Hokusai's own obsession with the mountain."
The most famous single image from the series is widely known in English as , although a more literal translation
might be, "Off Kanagawa, the back (or underside) of a wave." It depicts three boats being threatened by a large wave while Mount... Read More