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In 1858, the year of his death, Ando Hiroshige created a series of 36 Views of Mount Fuji. The series "Fuji Sanjurokkei" (36 Views of Mount Fuji) is considered to be one of the best works by Hiroshige.
First Publication: August 2009
Latest Update: May 2013
In those days it was even more common among Japanese artists than today to copy the success of others. And after all ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints) was considered a mass media and not high art. The ukiyo-e business was driven by commercial aspects, not by artistic vocations. Therefore it is rather unusual that Hiroshige waited for roughly 25 years before he tackled the theme of Mount Fuji. But maybe he was simply too busy with his Tokaido series which were really continuous "burners".
The series was published by Tsutaya Kichizo in 1858 and for some designs shortly after Hiroshige's death. The designs are pretty straight forward, not as intricate in the use of unusual perspectives for which Hiroshige is famous as for instance in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo but interesting, vigorous and beautiful nevertheless. If in good condition and with fresh colors, collectors pay high prices for a sheet from Fuji Sanjurokkei.
As with all famous series, also of "Fuji Sanjurokkei" reproductions were made. They are usually in better shape than the originals, but cost only a fraction.
Here are a few examples from Fuji sanjurokkei as the series is called in Japanese. You can view most or maybe even all of the 36 designs in our archive of sold Japanese prints with full descriptions, images and prices achieved in our online auctions.
1323 sold object(s) by Hiroshige Ando 1797-1858 in our Art Archive
1 signature(s) by Hiroshige Ando in our Signature Database
Author: Dieter Wanczura
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Chris Uhlenbeck & Merel Molenaar, "Mount Fuji - Sacred mountain of Japan", Leiden, 2000, Hotei Publishing, ISBN 90-74822-32-0.
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