Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji”

Planned Exhibition
2017, September 30th-October 29th
 
(Will be closed on October 2, 10, 16, 23 )
 

 

 

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Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa”

 

Exhibition of the complete 46 works of Hokusai‘s “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji

“Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji” is a series of landscape prints, depicting Mt. Fuji from various locations in Japan. Despite the number “36” in the title, the series actually consists of “46” works, since 10 more works were added later due to the successful sales and popular demand. The complete 46 works, owned by Ōta Memorial Museum of Art, will be exhibited for the first time in the 7 years since 2010. We hope you will enjoy the greatest masterpieces by Hokusai.

 


Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Mild Breeze on a Fine Day”


Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Ejiri in Suruga Province”

 

Deciphering the innovative ideas hidden in “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji

The series is full of unconventional, original and striking ideas, as seen in “Mild Breeze on a Fine Day” and “Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa” as fine examples. It is perhaps Hokusai‘s new enlightenment that he had achieved when he passed 70, after his persistent devotion to ukiyo-e as an artist. In this exhibition, we will try to decipher Hokusai‘s innovative ideas hidden in “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji“.

 


Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Ushibori in Hitachi Province”


Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: View from Sazai-dō Hall of the Gohyaku Rakan-ji Temple”


Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: In the Mountains of Tōtoumi Province”


Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Under Mannen-bashi Bridge at Fukagawa”

Special exhibition of “Courtesans Showing Themselves to the Strollers through the Grille ” by Hokusai‘s daughter Ōi

 

Katsushika Ōi “Courtesans Showing Themselves to the Strollers through the Grille”

Hokusai‘s daughter Oei was also renowned as an ukiyo-e artist, under her artist name of Ōi. Her skillful paintings of beautiful women were highly praised, and some said that they were beyond her father’s works. She was also known for her eccentric character, and in recent years historical novels and a TV drama(*) have been written, setting her as a heroine. We are pleased to exhibit “Courtesans Showing Themselves to the Strollers through the Grille”, the masterpiece of Ōi, for the first time in 2 years on this special occasion.

*A TV drama based on the historical novel by Makate Asai,, a winner of the Naoki Prize (a literary award), will be broadcast on NHK on 18th September, starring Aoi Miyazaki, with a screenplay by Mika Ōmori.

<Highlight work of Exhibition>
Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji:: Shower below the Summit”

                                      

Although the sky above Mt. Fuji is clear and blue, the bottom of the mountain is covered with black, dark cloud. The diagonal lines depicted at the bottom right corner represent the stylized lightening. The picture is a simply expressed depiction of the mountain’s foot being hit by a sudden, heavy thunder storm. It is an outstanding work of Hokusai, with his innovative idea: the two totally different weather events – fine weather and rain – are effortlessly represented in one painting.

Admission
Adult 700 yen
University and High school students 500 yen
Junior High School Students and below Free
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