Ashiro 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.
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Masons at work on a construction site along the banks of the Sumida.
The rhythm suggested by the scaffolding, by the geometric cadence of straight lines, is accentuated by the contrast of the bodies of the two workers caught in the moment of maximum tension, a characteristic dear to Hokusai.
Table with a similar concept is the one titled Honjo Tatekawa , from the series of the Thirty-six views of Fuji , set in a wood deposit in Tatekawa in Edo.