At Sea off Kazusa (Kazusa no kairo), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei)
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
9 1/2 x 14 7/8 in. (24.1 x 37.8 cm)
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Not on view
The deep blue hue of the water in the foreground of the print finds a visual counterpoint in the inky blue band that reaches across the horizon and sky. This repetition of color serves to flatten out the scene, bridging the distance between near and far. The mast and sails of the large junk create an interesting play of triangular forms that reflect and frame the form of Fuji in the distance.
Signature: Zen Hokusai Iitsu fude
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939; bequeathed to MMA).
Nagoya City Museum. "Hokusai: The Great Master of Arts," October 26, 1991–November 24, 1991.