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Thunderstorm Below the Summit

Woodblock Print
ca. 1831 (Made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A dramatic thunderstorm breaks beneath the summit of Mount Fuji, its threatening gloom contrasting with the bright, albeit cloudy, skies above. An arresting image by a celebrated artist, much of the impact of the finished print depended on the skill of the printer in applying the different colours.

One of Hokusai’s most renowned works, The Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji offers different perspectives of Japan’s most famous mountain. As well as being Japan’s highest mountain, Fuji’s symmetry and proximity to the important city of Edo (modern-day Tokyo) made it a popular subject for the arts and an enduring symbol of Japan.


object details
Category
Object Type
Additional TitleThirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Colour print from wood blocks, Thunderstorm Below the Summit, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, by Katsushika Hokusai, circa 1831
Physical Description
Colours printed on paper
Dimensions
  • Height: 24.7cm
  • Width: 36.7cm
Styles
Credit line
Given by the Misses Alexander
Summary
A dramatic thunderstorm breaks beneath the summit of Mount Fuji, its threatening gloom contrasting with the bright, albeit cloudy, skies above. An arresting image by a celebrated artist, much of the impact of the finished print depended on the skill of the printer in applying the different colours.



One of Hokusai’s most renowned works, The Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji offers different perspectives of Japan’s most famous mountain. As well as being Japan’s highest mountain, Fuji’s symmetry and proximity to the important city of Edo (modern-day Tokyo) made it a popular subject for the arts and an enduring symbol of Japan.
Collection
Accession Number
E.4814-1916

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record createdMarch 25, 2009
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