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'An object of luxurious, tactile delight — Japanese traditional binding, uncut paper, silken box with wooden closures — enhanced by insightful commentary' - FT Book of the Year

An XXL edition of Katsushika Hokusai’s seminal Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji 

Mount Fuji has long been a centerpiece of Japanese cultural imagination, and nothing captures this with more virtuosity than the landmark woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). The renowned printmaker documents 19th-century Japan with exceptional artistry and adoration, celebrating its countryside, cities, people, and serene natural beauty. Produced at the peak of Hokusai's artistic ambition, the series is a quintessential work of ukiyo-e that earned the artist world-wide recognition as a leading master of his craft.

The prints illustrate Hokusai's own obsession with Mount Fuji as well as the flourishing domestic tourism of the late Edo period. Just as the mountain was a cherished view for travelers heading to the capital Edo (now Tokyo) along the Tokaido road, Mount Fuji is the infallible backdrop to each of the series' unique scenes. Hokusai captures the distinctive landscape and provincial charm of each setting with a vivid palette and exquisite detail.

Including the iconic Under the Great Wave off Kanagawa (also The Great Wave), this widely celebrated series is a treasure of international art history. Among only a few complete reprints of the series, this XXL edition pays homage to Hokusai's striking colors and compositions with unprecedented care and magnitude. Bound in the Japanese tradition with uncut paper, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji presents the original 36 plates plus the additional 10 later added by the artist.

Details
  • Author: Andreas Mark
  • Hardcover: 224 pages 
  • Date published: July 2021
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9783836575720
  • Product Dimensions: 52.8 x 33.9 cm
Reviews

'An object of luxurious, tactile delight — Japanese traditional binding, uncut paper, silken box with wooden closures — enhanced by insightful commentary' - FT Book of the Year

'a visually stunning reproduction of the great Japanese printmaker's most famous series. The book justifies its hefty price tag by its sheer luxury - large format, silk bound, slip-cased and with Japanese open binding.' - Sunday Times Books of the Year

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