Artwork Overview

  • Author: Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) (1760 – 1849)
  • Publication Period: ca. 1832
  • Artwork Information: A color woodblock print from the ukiyo-e genre, part of the series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” (“Fugaku Sanjūrokkei”)
  • Historical Context: Created during the late Edo period, when Japan experienced cultural and artistic growth, and the ukiyo-e art form was flourishing

Artwork Appeal

  • Global Recognition: Katsushika Hokusai is one of the most famous ukiyo-e artists, known for his landscapes and his influence on Western artists during the 19th century
  • Theme: “Yamashita Shirasame” captures a scene of people working in the fields during a light rain, with Mount Fuji in the background, showcasing Hokusai’s ability to convey the beauty of everyday life in harmony with nature
  • Features: The piece is known for its refined composition, delicate color palette, and the contrast between the vastness of Mount Fuji and the detailed depiction of people and their activities, demonstrating Hokusai’s mastery of the ukiyo-e art form