Hokusai achieved great fame through his meisho-e (famous place pictures), namely the acclaimed Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji (1826-1833). Incorporating one-point perspective and daring composition into his landscapes, Hokusai captured familiar locations with innovative technique–both in composition and in pigment. Built on reclaimed sandbanks in the 17th century, this quiet fishing village caught the eye of many artists during the Edo period. In the foreground, blue gradation creates a sense of depth, while the pink on the horizon suggests sunset. As the boats diminish into silhouettes, Hokusai draws the viewer’s eye to the island village of Tsukuda. This particular impression belonged to the turn-of-the-century print collector Ernest LeVeel. His seal can be found on the back.
One of approximately 150 known original impressions. Other impressions of this print can be found in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, British Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Harvard Art Museum.