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Asian Art
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, 1760–1849

Mishima Pass in Kai Province, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

ca. 1832

Ukiyo-e: polychrome woodblock print, blue key block

sheet: 4 7/8 × 14 7/8 in. (12.4 × 37.8 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Thomas D. Goodell

葛飾北斎 「富嶽三十六景 甲州三嶌越」 浮世絵錦絵 江戸時代

A large cedar blocks the view of Mount Fuji in the background of this print. Katsushika Hokusai emphasizes the grandeur of nature, as tree and mountain compete against each other, and the relative smallness of humans, as three men stretch their arms around the tree in an attempt to measure its impressive girth. Mount Fuji is depicted here from the Mishima Pass, which is located in Yamanashi prefecture, where Fuji forms its base. The soft impression of the print comes from the blue key block, a technique in which no black ink is used for outlines. The pleasant soft tone of the color comes from indigo blue, the light green from the mixture of yellow and blue, and the taisha brown from being mixed with ink. Hokusai enhanced the scenery with foam-like trailing clouds that appear to be rising from the summit.

Edo period (1615–1868)
Works on Paper - Prints

Mrs. Thomas Day Goodell (Julia Harriet Andross Goodell) (1855–1933), Conn.; bequest to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1933


Sadako Ohki and Adam Haliburton, The Private World of Surimono: Japanese Prints from the Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian Collection (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2020), 121, fig. 1.

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