HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE CHESS FUJI n. 91

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE CHESS FUJI n. 91

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Mi kiri no fuji

Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei.

Technique: nishikie, woodcuts in two shades of gray and one of pink.

Format: hanshinbon koban (about 183x123 mm).

Signatures : Zen Hokusai Iitsu aratame Gakyorojin Manji.

Artist's seal : Fuji no Yama.

Dates : 1834-1836.

Engravers: Egawa Tomekichi and Tsentaro.

Publishers: Nishimura Yuzo, Eirakuya Toshiro.

Beautiful proof with good contrasts, in a fourth edition published by Tohikedo in 1852 with the characteristic pink tone. Printed on Japan paper, in excellent condition, with clean edges all around beyond the marginal line.

Bibliography:

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Calza GC Hokusai, the hundred views of Fuji , Milan, 1982.

Dickins FV Fugaku hiyaku-kei: one hundred view of Fuji by Hokusai , London, 1880.

Forrer M. Hokusai, prints and drawings , London, 1991.

Hillier J. The art of Hokusai in book illustration , London, 1980.

Lane R. Hokusai, life and works , Milan, 1991.

Salamon Villa T., The hundred views of Fuji, Turin, 1975.

Smith II H. Hokusai: one hundred view of Fuji by Hokusai, London, 1988.

Fuji is viewed through the grid of a shoji , a sliding wall.

A painter puts the finishing touches on a boat charterer's lantern/sign on the Sumida River.

The lantern bears both the name of the house, Fuji-ya, and the slogan , senkyaku banrai , one thousand customers, ten thousand visits.

The sign lists the various types of vessel available: from pleasure boats, yanebune , to cargo boats, nirari ; from fast boats, chokibune , to fishing boats, tsuribune .

Mikiri, vision as through a grid.