HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE FUJI FROM ORANKAI n. 73

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE FUJI FROM ORANKAI n. 73

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Orankai 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

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:

Stocking GC Hokusai, the old madman 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.

Orankai, in the Wakan sansai zue it is reported that this was the point of maximum penetration into Korean territory reached by general Kato Kiyomasa (1562 - 1611) during the first expedition wanted by Hideyoshi against Korea (1592) and it was reported as, also from Orankai, on clear days it is still possible to see the mountain.

Etymologically, Orankai , in the Korean dialect is not a proper name but has the meaning of an isolated place.

This is the farthest point in the present series from which Fuji can be seen.