HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, FUJI IN THE EVENING SUN FROM SHIMADAGAHANA n. 50

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, FUJI IN THE EVENING SUN FROM SHIMADAGAHANA n. 50

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Shimadagahana sekiyo fuji  

Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei.

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

Format: hanshinbon koban diptych (about 183x253 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:

Calza GC Hokusai, the old fool for painting , Milan 1999-2000, London, 2003.

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.

 

Shimadagahana, the Shimada wharf, would be identified by Suzuki in the area of ​​the canals near Fugakawa but the pattern of the wave motion of the water would seem to exclude that it could be a view of a canal.

Smith points out how the Fuji drawn in black, to underline the advance of darkness, is the same as the one dotted in the plate Onmayagashi yori Ryobashi sekiyo o miru , a view of the sunset at the Ryobashi bridge, from the series Thirty-six views of Fuji , as well as the relaxed atmosphere of the characters depicted in both drawings, may suggest a common theme and, therefore, a depiction of the famous pier called Hyappongui , the hundred poles, near the Ryogoku bridge.

Probably this scene combines different views along the Sumida River, to create a generic water frame view of Mount Fuji.