Hokusai Katsushika, The Origin of Scrolls, One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Title: The Origin of Scrolls
Series: 100 Views of Mt Fuji volume 2
Publisher: Toheki-do Eirakuya Toshiro
Size: 22.2 x 15.5 cm
Condition report: Binding holes along right side of page. Smudging on bottom right corner of page.
This print is from the series One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji, published between 1835 and 1880. Hokusai evidently had a deep connection to the mountain, which had become a place of worship and pilgrimage for ascetic Buddhists and Shinto sects alike. The series followed Hokusai’s successful colour prints of Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. Though in absence of colour, the One Hundred Views series displays Hokusai's unique composition, sometimes challenging the viewer to spot the playfully concealed peak of Mount Fuji.
A man points outside the window at a view of a snowcapped Mt. Fuji. The title suggests that the view inspires in them the design of a new scroll. In this print, Hokusai plays with the landscape genre, minimising a vista that would conventionally dominate the whole print. The result is that instead of the viewer marvelling at the landscape, the viewer focuses on the two men in the print appreciating the scenery from their window.
|Artist Name||Hokusai Katsushika|
|Title||The Origin of Scrolls|
|Dimensions||22.2 x 15.5 cm|
|Condition Report||Binding holes along right side of page. Smudging on bottom right corner of page.|
|Series||One Hundred Views of Mt Fuji, Volume 2|