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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