Quiz: Hokusai Katsushika’s “36 Views of Mount Fuji” and Hiroshige Utagawa’s “Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido”

MOA Museum of Art

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[Image: Hokusai Katsushika "36 Views of Mount Fuji" (1831)]

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This exhibition showcases all of Hokusai Katsushika’s “36 Views of Mount Fuji” and Hiroshige Utagawa’s “Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido (Hon’eido version),” the twin peaks of the Ukiyoe landscape print series, and allows visitors to learn about the works of art while having fun with a smartphone-based quiz.

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was active in a variety of fields, including illustrations for books, nishiki-e (brocade woodblock prints), and flesh-paintings, and had a great influence on later impressionist painters. Among his works, “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji,” published by Nishimura Eijudo from around 1831, was popular for its innovative composition and vivid colors using the imported chemical pigment “vero indigo,” against the backdrop of the popularity of Fuji worship at the time.

On the other hand, Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), who started out as a student of Utagawa Toyohiro, painted portraits of actors and beautiful women, but gained fame as a landscape painter and produced many pictures of famous places until his later years. The “Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido” published by the publisher Takeuchi Magohachi in 1833 vividly depicted the lives of ordinary people and scenes of their journeys in harmony with nature, and became Hiroshige’s first work.

This exhibition will provide an opportunity to explore the mysteries of the ukiyoe landscape print series by Hokusai and Hiroshige.

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from July 30, 2021 to September 07, 2021

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