Gallery Talks by a Museum Curator
June 18 (Sun.)2023
June 6 (Tue.) ~ August 13 (Sun.) 2023
*All art pieces are replaced once a session is over.
When discussing Ukiyo-e scenery prints, we must not forget Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige. In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of “Fujisan” being registered as the World Heritage, this exhibition will introduce three masterpiece series with Mt. Fuji as the motif depicted by the two Eshi (painter): Katsushika Hokusai’s “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” and Utagawa Hiroshige’s “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” (Horizontal Chuban) and “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” (Vertical Ōban). Hokusai was known for his dynamic motifs and clever framing structure and Hiroshige was known for depicting iconic scenes based on sketches while effectively using expressions of seasons and weather. Please enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji depicted by two Eshi that represent the “Hiroshige or Hokusai” world of Ukiyo-e.
“Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji ” (Horizontal Chuban / Vertical Ōban)
Hiroshige who was 37 years younger than Hokusai completed two series pieces: the “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” (Horizontal Chuban) (36 pieces total) during his popularity peak as a Meisyo-eshi (landscape painter) in 1851-1852 when he was in his mid-fifties, and “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” (Vertical Ōban) (37 pieces including the Table of Contents) in 1858, which was later followed by a Table of Contents in 1859.
Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji ”
Hokusai's representative piece, “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” is said to have been published around 1831 when he was past 70 years of age. This is an ambitious piece that utilizes techniques that he has acquired over 50 years of his art career and was originally planned to end with 36 pieces as with the title; however, with the high demand, the collection was expanded by 10 additional pieces resulting in a total of 46.