Waving not drowning

December 30, 2011

Had enough festive telly? Here’s a little remedy I’ve put together for your delight: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji is series of large, colour woodblock prints by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). These show different views of Mount Fuji and include the Great Wave, probably the most famous Japanese image of all.  Like any modern artist with an eye to milking a good thing, Hokusai added another ten pictures to the series, which was created between 1826 and 1833 and went on to produce a further series One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji. Mind you they were all at it – Hiroshige (1797–1859) who also did a series called Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. French dauber Henri-Riviere took up the idea and produced his 36 Views of the Eiffel Tower. Nearer to home, our very own Mark Page added a Mancunian twist with his 36 Views of the Beetham Tower.




  1. Radio 4 featured ‘The Great Wave’ in their series ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ – you can listen to the programme here:


  2. Oh, David! Thank you! Just beautiful…….

  3. It’s the last week of an exhibition at The British Museum about Hokusai’s Great Wave:


  4. Gob smacked by it’s beauty, thank you

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