The Mount Fuji Challenges: Hokusai and Hiroshige
[Image: Hokusai Katsushika (1803–1806)]
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*Edo Tokyo Museum was closed from April 25th to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infections, but it will be opened on June 1st (Tuesday) after taking measures to prevent infection.
Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s most significant masterpieces of ukiyo-e prints, stunned audiences with its vivid blue colors and bold compositions. At the time, Hokusai was over 70 years of age, but still working tirelessly at painting and printmaking. Hiroshige Utagawa, on the other hand, was in his late thirties around the same time. He was no more than an ukiyo-e artist who created landscape paintings, but had experienced no major success. Hiroshige would surely have viewed the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series with astonishment. How did the success of this series help Hiroshige establish his own style of painting? Previous exhibitions have been held to exhibit the Mount Fuji series by Hokusai and Hiroshige, but this exhibition seeks a deeper interpretation—it attempts to present some of the challenges facing Hokusai and Hiroshige, two of Japan’s pre-eminent landscape painters, by exploring their stories. All these works, including all 46 images in the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series, will be exhibited together as the Edo-Tokyo Museum Collection. Through this precious collection, which simply cannot be ignored in any discussion of the history of ukiyo-e, we will introduce several of the endless challenges faced by these two ukiyo-e artists, along with their masterpieces.