Online Lunchtime Lecture: Copying Edo Landscapes

Copying Edo Landscapes: Osaka Miniature Versions of Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji

The 36 Views of Mount Fuji was Katsushika Hokusai’s (1760-1849) most ambitious large-format (ōban), colour print project. The series was so popular that Hokusai eventually designed a total of forty-six prints bearing the title ‘Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji’. This popularity of Hokusai’s works led to the creation of another type of print production-a miniature version of the series produced by an Osaka ukiyo-e artist. In this talk, Dr Matsuba will explore how and why these miniature versions were made, while giving a new perspective on the publication history of Hokusai’s works in 19th century Edo, Osaka, and beyond.

Bio: Dr Ryoko Matsuba, Lecturer in Digital Japanese Arts and Humanities, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
Matsuba Ryoko is a specialist on Edo period print culture. She is currently Lecturer in Japanese Digital Arts and Humanities at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia. She received her PhD from Ritsumeikan University (2008). She was a curatorial member on two major exhibitions at the British Museum: Hokusai Beyond the Great Wave (2017); and the Citi Exhibition Manga (2019), where she co-authored the exhibition catalogue.

Miniature version of Under the Wave off Kanagawa from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Hokumyo. Japan, c. 1833–35. Gift of Louis W. Hill, Jr., The Minneapolis Institute of Art, 81.133.74. Public domain (CC-PDM).

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