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Hokusai's Landscapes: The Complete Series

Sarah E. Thompson

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Museum of Fine Arts,Boston
10 December 2019
Art & Architecture; Individual artists, art monographs
The first book to focus exclusively on Hokusai's landscapes, by one of the world's leading ukiyo-e specialists The best known of all Japanese artists, Katsushika Hokusai was active as a painter, book illustrator and print designer throughout his ninety-year lifespan. Yet his most famous works of all - the colour woodblock landscape prints issued in series, beginning with Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji - were produced within a relatively short time, in an amazing burst of creative energy that lasted from about 1830 to 1836.

Hokusai's landscapes not only revolutionized Japanese printmaking but within a few decades of his death had become icons of world art as well. With stunning colour reproductions of works from the largest collection of Japanese prints outside Japan, this book examines the magnetic appeal of Hokusai's designs and the circumstances of their creation.

The book includes all published prints of the artist's eight major landscape series: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (1830-32), A Tour of Waterfalls in Various Provinces (1833-34), Snow, Moon and Flowers (1833), Eight Views of the Ryukyu Islands (1832-33), One Thousand Pictures of the Ocean (1832-33), Remarkable Views of Bridges in Various Provinces (1834), A True Mirror of Chinese and Japanese Poetry (1833) and One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse (1835).

Working prolifically in the years just before Japan opened to the West in 1853, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized. His cleverly composed ukiyo-e prints of everyday life and the landscapes of Edo Japan arrived in a 19th-century Europe gripped by Japonisme-mania, where they influenced artists such as Degas, Gauguin, Manet and Van Gogh.
By:   Sarah E. Thompson
Imprint:   Museum of Fine Arts,Boston
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 253mm, 
Weight:   1.480kg
ISBN:   9780878468669
ISBN 10:   0878468668
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   10 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Hokusai's Landscape Prints in the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji * A Tour of Waterfalls in Various Provinces * Snow, Moon and Flowers * Eight Views of the Ryukyu Islands * One Thousand Pictures of the Ocean * Remarkable Views of Bridges in Various Provinces * A True Mirror of Chinese and Japanese Poetry * One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse

Sarah E. Thompson is Curator of Japanese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Reviews for Hokusai's Landscapes: The Complete Series

The most famous Japanese artist, Hokusai's color woodblock prints had a lasting legacy on Eastern and Western art. Hokusai's Landscapes amasses all of the artist's incredible landscapes, and examines how his printmaking made such an impact on the art world.--Margherita Cole My Modern Met


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