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Hokusai's Mount Fuji: The Complete Views in Color Hardcover – June 1, 2007
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This also makes several statements about Japanese culture, from the humble pit-saw workers (p.57) and rice millers to elegant geishas or daimyo and his retinue. Behind all the bustle of life or terror of the seas (as in the famous "Great Wave"), there stands Mt. Fuji. Silent and eternal, it's almost hidden in many of the pictures. I've never seen Fuji in person, but it reminds me of Mt. Rainier as seen from the Seattle area - it seems to pop from nowhere as I turn a corner, looming and massive despite its distance. And, like the many views of Fuji shown here, Ranier looks different with every angle and every shift of light or weather. Hokusai conveys all that variability, permanence, and immanence, but also conveys a reverence for Fuji that a Western mind can't wholly encompass.
Brief descriptions help identify each scene and comment on its composition without dominating the imagery. I recommend this highly, as a segment of Hojusai's ouvre, as a world class sample of print-making, or just as a book of pictures.
Looking through the entire series of plates (each with concise commentaries), one immediately notices how the eye is instantly drawn to the iconic shape of Mount Fuji, which appears in different sizes and locations. From this one fixed focal point, the rest of the picture can be taken in, understood, and personally interpreted. Under luminous, multi-colored skies, Hokusai reproduces landscapes and architecture with mind-bogglingly intricate detail. One also notices how relatively insignificant the human figures (even when depicted in the foreground) appear when compared with their milieu, almost as if their placement is coincidental and only included for realistic accuracy. People appear more prominently in the later prints, but even then are mostly shown with their backs to the viewer, looking away indifferently, or with faces obscured by hats. Nature, weather, light, atmosphere, and the omnipresent form of Mount Fuji dominate each picture's panorama. In five instances, the print has been greatly enlarged to show more detail.Read more ›
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Good text but inferior images. Slightly soft edges and lines do not look much like woodblock prints.Published 4 months ago by Donald Swanton
Although the complete 'views' series, this should not be your 1st or 2nd Hokusai book. The prints used for the Phaidon book are vastly superior (even if the artistic choices in... Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by whoiskermit
This book is really nice. I am very happy with the quality of this product. The book delivered on a great product.Published on January 3, 2013 by l a bunes
This is the only book I could find with all 46 views. (the 36 views of Mount Fuji includes 10 extra). It's beautiful. Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Reginald H. Henderson
Complete set of 46 plates, full vibrant color. The colors on the ukiyo-e prints vary, some repros are more blurred or creased than others, granted due to the nature of woodblock... Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by visual books vera
I almost never rate low to a book. But this book is almost the worst Ukiyo-e book I've ever purchased.
The pictures are all small. Many of them are blur and cropped. Read more
Concise, but detailed info on the facing pages, corresponding with the masterpieces shown in full-color and high quality. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by miles
A nice book on Hokusai. Small, but with all the views, it's a good artbook.Published on July 9, 2009 by Yuri C. Faulstich