Perfect for display or close observation, this impeccably produced collection of some of Hokusai’s most renowned prints highlight the exquisite lines and delicate hues that have entranced viewers for centuries.
During his lifetime, Hokusai was one of the most revered artists working in the ukiyo-e school of painting and printmaking. This book gathers the finest examples of Hokusai’s breathtaking prints, including his iconic The Great Wave off Kanagawa, views of Mt. Fuji, landscapes, domestic scenes, and painstakingly rendered flora and fauna. An introduction by Matthi Forrer offers a brief biography of Hokusai and commentary on his practice and influence. Each full color poster is backed with a substantial caption that provides insights into the piece’s significance and notable characteristics. Printed on heavy coated paper, these detachable posters are suitable for framing, but also taken together create a lasting and illuminating introduction to Hokusai’s extraordinary accomplishment.
Now available again, this delightful selection of prints depicting nineteenth century Japan’s natural beauty is a colorful introduction to the country’s most beloved artist. The Japanese artist Hokusai spent the second half of his life sketching and painting with tremendous energy nearly everything he saw, and this book focuses on one of his most productive periods, when the artist was in his seventies. This book presents fifty works of the artist’s astonishing oeuvre. It includes selections from his renowned series of woodblock prints, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, including “In the Hollow of a Wave,” “Shower below the Summit,” and “South Wind at Clear Dawn.” Also presented are images of flowers, waterfalls, bridges, birds, and fish, demonstrating the uniquely precise yet passionate quality of Hokusai’s art. An expert on the artist’s work, Matthi Forrer provides illuminating commentary on Hokusai’s life and technique, offering insight into his enduring popularity throughout the world.
This volume includes full-color reproductions of drawings and woodblock prints by Japan’s most beloved artist. These landscapes-including his famous views of Mount Fuji- portraits of lovers and kabuki actors, nature and animal illustrations, as well as scenes of daily life in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Japan reveal the artist’s genius for rendering a wide variety of subjects. Matthi Forrer discusses in his essay Hokusai’s life and lasting popularity while placing his work within the context of Japanese society and the work of his contemporaries.
In Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji, Hokusai created an iconic work that includes universally recognized and beloved images of the Japanese landscape. The same broad perspective and attention to detail is brought to bear in this monumental book that follows the full spectrum of Hokusai’s life and work. From his first prints to his most accomplished productions, including drawings and paintings, each stage of Hokusai’s artistic development is presented within the context of Japanese cultural history. In addition to placing him among contemporaries from his native country, the book discusses the profound influence Hokusai had on European artists, particularly the Impressionists. Matthi Forrer, one of the world’s leading authorities on the artist, vibrantly interweaves brilliant reproductions from every period of Hokusai’s life with fascinating commentary. Presented in a luxurious large-format edition, the book offers a comprehensive perspective combined with the latest scholarly findings.