In this view of Mt. Fuji at Satta Pass, Hiroshige frames the dual nature of the sea through sloping diagonals. As the lines of the cresting wave, cliff side, and mountain slope intersect in the foreground, the eye is drawn into the chaos of crashing surf. In the distance, Hiroshige contrasts the power of the sea with a scene of tranquility: A sailboat floats upon the mirror-like surface. As the tendrils of the wave nearly brush the white sail, Hiroshige unites the composition, creating a portrait of the mercurial sea. Known as the “poet of landscape,” Hiroshige captured the beauty of nature with nuance and lyricism. With a tangible atmosphere and dynamic perspective, Sea Off Satta in Suruga Province showcases Hiroshige’s passion for the natural world.
Other impressions of this print can be found in the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and British Museum.