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.
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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Bricklayers 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.
A panel with a similar conception is the one entitled Honjo Tatekawa , from the series of Thirty-six views of Fuji , set in a timber warehouse in Tatekawa in Edo.