HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji from a pine forest, Matsuyama no fuji , n.18

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji from a pine forest, Matsuyama no fuji , n.18

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Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei 

Technique: nishikie, woodcuts in two shades of gray.

Format: hanshinbon koban diptych (about 183x253 mm)

Signatures : Zen Hokusai Iitsu aratame Gakyorojin Manji

Artist's seal : Fuji no Yama

Dates : engraved between 1834 – 1836, impressed between 1850 and 1870

Engravers: Egawa Tomekichi and Tsentaro

Publisher: Katano Toshiro.

Splendid proof with good contrasts, in the third edition from the original woodcuts. Printed on Japan paper, in excellent condition, with clean edges all around beyond the marginal line.

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A familiar sight to those traveling the roads at the foot of the 'mountain without equal' in the Kamakura region.

From a clearing in a thick pine forest, the view of the mountain and of commoners intent on picking matsutake , mushrooms: nature and humanity in serene symbiosis.

Matsuyama, although it could be a geographical toponym, is too generic to allow any localization. 

Kamakura was the ancient capital of the Ashikaga shoguns (14th/15th century).