THIS PRINT IS AVAILABLE on T-shirts at the Legion of Honor gift shop. It is Hokusai’s iconic Cresting Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa (The Great Wave) from the series 36 Views of Mount Fuji, 1830-32. This is one of the most daring asymmetrical compositions. Photo courtesy Legion of Honor
FUJI From the Hongan Temple at Asakusa in Edo, by Katsushika Hokusai, from the series 36 Views of Mount Fuji. Japanese prints are called ukiyo-e. A favorite compositional approach of print makers is the birds eye view with a high horizon line. Notice the workers on he temple roof. French print maker Henri Rivière echoed this particular design in his 36 View of the Eiffel Tower by using a similar view of Notre Dame Cathedral in the foreground. Photo courtesy Legion of Honor
FRANCE concluded a commercial treaty with Japan in about 1854. Two years later Japanese prints began showing up in Paris and took the art world by storm. The last full expression of Japanesma was by Henri Rivière, who published his book 36 Views of the Eiffel Tower in 1902. Here Rivière painted The Tower Under Construction, As Seen from the Trocadéro. It echoes a Hokusai print in a book that shows footsteps in the snow and big fat snowflakes.
HANEDA FERRY and Benton Shrine by Utagawa Hiroshige, from the series 100 Views of Famous Places in Edo, 1858. The shrine is the small structure in the distant center that looks like a lighthouse. Photo courtesy Legion of Honor
KINRYŪZAN TEMPLE in Asakusa by Utagawa Hiroshige, from the series 100 Views of Famous Places in Edo, 1856. Japanese print makers often framed scenes from windows or doorways and used asymmetrical compositions, with this one balanced by a big lantern. Photo courtesy Legion of Honor
BOKASHI is the name of the technique in which graduated dark bands of color in the sky, most often at the top, are created by the printer hand-wiping pigment onto the block. In this print bokashi was used to create the effect of rain in Evening Squall at Shōno by Utagawa Hiroshige from the series 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō, 1831-34. Photo courtesy Legion of Honor

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