HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, FUJI AS A MIRROR n. 25

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, FUJI AS A MIRROR n. 25

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Kyodai 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

Seal of the artist : Fuji no Yama

Dates : 1834- 1836.

Engravers: Egawa Tomekichi and Tsentaro

Editors: Nishimura Yuzo, Eirakuya Toshiro.

Beautiful test with good contrasts, in a fourth edition published by Tohikedo in 1852 with the characteristic pink tone. Imprinted on Japan paper, in excellent condition, with uncut margins 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.

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

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

 

From a location near Edo it is possible, at sunset, to see the sun perfectly positioned as a crown on the top of Fuji, with the rays drawing the very symbol of Japan, the Rising Sun.

In modern times, the allegorical and stylized figure of the sun with bright red crown rays on a white field, constitutes the naval insignia of Japan.

The containers for drying the salt suggest the identification of the locality, near Gyotoku or Kisarazu in Edo Bay, famous places for the preparation of salt.

A table full of humanity: the docking of the fishermen's boat, the fisherman on the gangway with the barbell carrying the package of his meal and the flask of sake, the dog sniffing the basket of fishing.