Katsushika Hokusai

Lake Suwa in Shinshū Province from the series »The Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji«, 1830

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The seascape framed by the Japanese Alps has been painted in deep shades of blue. Prussian blue - the synthetic dye used here - was imported from Germany. Although initially expensive, it enjoyed great popularity because it lasted longer than traditional vegetable-based pigments.

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