Rainstorm beneath the Summit, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
On View: Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)
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.
Color woodblock print on paper
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudō)
Hokusai aratame Iitsu hitsu (北斎改為一筆)
Gift of Frederic B. Pratt
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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)
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