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Rainstorm beneath the Summit, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Katsushika Hokusai

Asian Art

Katsushika Hokusai’s influential series showing Mount Fuji from unusual vantage points includes many innovative images, but few are as powerful as this bird’s-eye view of the peak with lightning below. The artist emphasizes the physical bulk of the mountain by showing that there can be completely different weather conditions on either side: while the storm in the foreground is as dark as night, fluffy clouds and a blue sky appear in the background.
MEDIUM Color woodblock print on paper
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES ca. 1832
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 9 7/8 x 14 5/8 in. (25.1 x 37.1 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudō)
    SIGNATURE Hokusai aratame Iitsu hitsu (北斎改為一筆)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Frederic B. Pratt
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760-1849). Rainstorm beneath the Summit, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, ca. 1832. Color woodblock print on paper, 9 7/8 x 14 5/8 in. (25.1 x 37.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Frederic B. Pratt, 42.76 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 42.76_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 42.76_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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