Katsushika Hokusai, 'Suspension Bridge at Mount Gyôdô

Katsushika Hokusai, 'Suspension Bridge at Mount Gyôdô

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
'Suspension Bridge at Mount Gyôdô, Ashikaga'
From the series 'Splendid Views of Famous Bridges of the Provinces'
About 1834
Nishiki-e (brocade print), fûkei-ga (landscape print)
Ôban size Signature: Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi
Censorship seal: Kiwame
Museum no. E.3778-1953

This fûkei-ga (landscape print) is a fine example of the mature landscape style of Hokusai, one of the great exponents of the landscape print, whose best work is characterised by bold, formal compositions and a striking use of colour.

With the suspension bridge high up on Mount Gyôdô appearing majestically out of swirling mist, Hokusai has created an intriguing scene redolent with the feeling that we are deep in a mountain area. The bridge still exists today, although now it is made of iron rather than wood.

This print can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box TOPIC JP1.