The Inume Pass in Kai Province by Katsushika Hokusai


The Inume Pass in Kai Province


Katsushika Hokusai

Ref GM3813
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 18" x 12" (46 x 30 cm)
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The Inume Pass in Kai Province is number 9, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and is from the Edo period. The original is a colour woodblock print; using the Nishiki-e technique. Fuji is viewed from the hillside of Inume Pass on the Köshü Road connecting the city of Köfu, in what is now Yamanashi prefecture, and Edo (present-day Tokyo). On the gentle slope at left, two travellers walk in front of two horses laden with cargo. Ahead of them, two more men ascend the steep hill. Fuji, covered with heavy fog at the base, looms against the pink sky. Its long, red-brown flanks reflect the sunlight, and the mountain’s upper reaches are blue toward the summit, where snow covers the cap. The small figures are seen from a distance, making the focal point of the composition the peak of Mount Fuji. Although many of the prints in the Thirty-six Views that include human activity show Mount Fuji standing in the distance as a symbol of stability and protection, others take an opposite approach, emphasizing the ever-changing nature of Mount Fuji under varying weather conditions and in different seasons or times of day. Here the volcano rises through a thick layer of fog, changing to brown and then blue before reaching the snow-covered summit. The green and yellow rolling hills of the pass on the right provide a counterbalance to the form of the mountain placed slightly off-center to the left.