HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE FUJI WITH THE SIGNAL ROCKET No. 88

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE FUJI WITH THE SIGNAL ROCKET No. 88

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Roen 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 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.

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

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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.

A signal rocket, isolated high in the sky, almost the incarnation of the legendary dragon of smoke that returns to its lair in the ravines of the mountain.

In the foreground, fishermen treat the bottom of their boat with fire, in order to protect it from the humidity of the sea.

The signal flares, similar to fireworks, were used regularly in the military maneuvers held every year at the end of the summer, at the mouth of the Sumida River, under the aegis of the shogun and it is right at the mouth of the river, the Tsukuda Island which is proposed by Suzuki as the depicted location.