Hokusai started his majestic series in 1830, when he was 70 years old.
In an extraordinary feat towards the end of his life, he created 36 unique views of Japan's sacred mountain which took Edo, and later the art world, by storm.
Hokusai plays with perspective and the emphasis of the elements. At times he details the venerable mountain, almost as a portrait, at others he chooses to abstract the form. When Hokusai shifts focus to the everyday people of Edo, Fuji is relegated to a distant mound in the background.