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Friday, Sep. 2, 2011

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("Gaifu Kaisei") from Katsushika Hokusai's "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji." HARA YASUSABUROCOLLECTION


"Hokusai and Rivière: Two Series of 'Thirty-six Views'"


Staff writer

Katsushika Hokusai is one of Japan's most famous ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artists, known in particular for his "Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji," a series of prints depicting the iconic mountain.

Around the end of the 19th century, when Japonism (Western art influenced by the arts of Japan) was popular in France, the French artist Henri Rivière was inspired by Hokusai's work to create a set of prints titled "Thirty-Six views of the Eiffel Tower."

This exhibition brings together both these sets of prints to offer an interesting comparison of French and Japanese use of color, motif and composition, while highlighting what Western art chose to emulate from the East; till Oct. 10.

New Otani Art Museum; (03) 3221-4111; 4-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku; 4-min walk from Exit D of Akasaka Mitsuke Station, Ginza or Marunouchi subway lines. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥800. Closed Mon., except Sept. 19, Oct. 10 and closed on Sept. 20. www.newotani.co.jp.group/museum.

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