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Hokusai: One Hundred Views of Mt Fuji Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: George Braziller; 1st edition (September 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807611956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807611951
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starting in 1834, renowned 19th-century Japanese printmaker Hokusai began publishing his three-volume series of woodblock prints of Mt. Fuji. The original edition, known as the falconfeather edition, is here reproduced in a duotone process on ivory paper. The resulting plates demonstrate Hokusai's mastery of composition and of the monochrome technique that uses nothing but black and shades of grey. The lucid introduction and commentaries on the plates provide details of interest to specialists in the field, but the book is also suitable for general readers and interested laypersons. Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.Ln., Cincinnati
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese

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Fuji is one of his most beautiful works.
Frank N. Proto
English notes are limited to the beginning and end of the book.
Russell L. Stutler
Nevertheless, you should absolutely buy this book.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Harvey on April 2, 2004
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This is Hokusai at his best. His quality of line is exceptional and the images are a constant delight. The fertility of the artist's imagination is nothing short of astonishing. Hokusai gives us the mythological origins of Fuji, simple views of Fuji, pilgrims climbing and descending Fuji, Fuji's reflection, Fuji seen through rain and through mist, Fuji framed by trees, windows and bridges, Fuji from near and Fuji from afar. In one striking interior view, we see some surprised people looking at a miraculous vision of an inverted Fuji that floats on a screen before them. The explanation? A knothole in the house's wooden wall has transformed the building into a kind of giant camera obscura, and the morning sun is projecting an image of the mountain onto the screen. So... Fuji outdoors and Fuji indoors.
One has to make a firm distinction between the original project and this edition. Hokusai's "100 Views of Mt Fuji" first appeared in three separate volumes: this book reprints them in one handy paperback. There are several extremely nice touches about this version. For a start, all the prints are reproduced to scale, and organized in the Japanese manner (i.e. the first print appears at the back of the book, and the last at the front). Better still, the prefaces, colophons, and title pages are all included, too. In total, you actually get 102 views of the mountain, and many of these consist of two separate prints on facing pages. This book is certainly great value for money because it doesn't stop here. Placed at the back of the volume--so as not to interfere with the flow of the prints--are translations of the Japanese texts and a commentary for each view of the mountain.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Russell L. Stutler on April 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is the next best thing to having the original works. English notes are limited to the beginning and end of the book. I was concerned when I read the review mentioning the cut off Japanese text. Yes, they are cut off, but not lost. The originals would appear exactly the same way. That's because the originals were printed on only one side of double spreads which were folded down the middle, right through those columns of text. You only have to flip the page to see the other half of the text. As for the washed out grays, that is a shame, but I am peronally more interested in Hokusai's line work anyway, so it doesn't bother me. He used the best carvers, so we have a good representation of his original brush work. My one complaint is that the cover on my paperback copy was not well glued to the spine, and fell off in a few minutes. But now my pages spread out flat with no resistance, so maybe it's an improvement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S C on July 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The works of Hokusai have been published in many forms. Many are in colour. This black and white piece is undoubtedly his master work. It does not only illustrate his skill in drawing and composing the pictures, but his philosophy and perception of the world that is beyond explanation in word.

I have check several books on Hokusai and still think this is one of the best books in the market. It is important to note that this is a collection of his works, not about his life or his influences. However, the contents is powerful enough to tell you how he may think (at that moment) and you may be able to learn about him through his arts.
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