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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2009
This volume has the obvious advantage of collecting all of Hokusai's prints of views of Fuji together for the interested general reader. However, I am very disappointed in the standard of reproduction. I feel that the colours are insipid compared to those original prints which I have seen, and the outlines of the people and animals are certainly not sharp. Were the prints from which the reproductions were made perhaps late runs, with worn blocks?
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 17 July 2007
This is a really stunning collection of Hokusai's famous Mount Fuji work.

Although the theme might sound one-dimensional, Hokusai cleverly portrayed a wide variety of situations and characters, often simply using Mount Fuji as a reference point/motif in the background.

This book puts each plate on a page of its own, with a well-written description opposite which clearly points out key facts about the location and the activities in which the characters portrayed are engaged.

Although most of the pictures are perfectly big enough to enjoy, close up detail is provided exactly where you'd want it, in terms of bringing out some of the activities of the characters and so on.

For anyone wanting a well-presented and reasonably priced colletion of Hokusai's work, you could do a lot worse than this - thoroughly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 January 2011
The series of prints of Mount Fuji produced by Hokusai in the early 19th century is legendary not only for its beauty but for its effect on western painters. Hokusai himself was influenced by western landscape painting; his work is one of the earliest examples of East-West fusion, and itself had a profound impact on artists like Whistler and Degas. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of European painting, and is also a delightful "coffee table" type browse.

All the prints in the "36 views of Mount Fuji" are included, plus the 10 supplemetary prints, reproduced at close to the original size, on a paper grained to reflect as closely as possible the Japanese paper used. The colour is very true and very "flat" - one gets an excellent impression of the images printed in a limited range of inks from wooden blocks. Woodblock prints vary in quality from one to the next, and care has been taken to use the best available examples.

Each print has a small editorial comment and the Japanese title in Roman script. There is an introductory section giving the history of the prints and useful background info, a brief survey of the edffect on the West, and very restricted bibliography.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2008
Beautiful book . . . the paper and hardback binding are top quality, the translation from the french of the commentary and history has been done well and the clarity of the print reproductions are top notch. You can really see that alot of effort went into making this book a little classic. great stuff!
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on 23 April 2011
This is a wonderful book, apparently the first time the full set of prints has been published in a modern book. The reproductions are excellent and the description of each artwork gives real insight into Hokusai's unique approach.
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on 3 January 2015
beautiful
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2009
So pleased to have got my hands on this book at last, I will keep it forever. (This is from some one who has a limited amount of space and fast turnover of books!)
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