Landscapes, flora and fauna, everyday life, religion and the supernatural universe are the subjects addressed in the 15 volumes, whose publication began in 1814.
Of the 15 original volumes, the collector Fernando de Castro acquired 13 that form part of his collection dedicated to the East.
Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) began training as a sculptor at the age of 15. He then dedicated his long life almost exclusively to creating prints on colored wood blocks and used around 30 different artists’ names.
His most famous work is “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” from the series “36 Views of Fuji”. His style inspired artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Gustav Klimt and also contributed to the Japonisme movement.