HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE FUJI FROM THE OTHER SIDE n. 26

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE FUJI FROM THE OTHER SIDE n. 26

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Ura 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

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

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In the province of Kai, the tobacco leaves placed to dry. Even a small crop of tobacco represented a real fortune for the Japanese farmer of the nineteenth century.

Tobacco was introduced in Japan around 1573 by Dutch or Portuguese sailors, and in 1604 it began to be cultivated in the countryside of Nagasaki. Soon forbidden (as its use, requiring the use of fire for lighting and smoking, became a source of very dangerous fires in a country where houses were built with paper and wood) was smuggled as "tea from life".

On the saddle cloth hanging out to dry, the words good wishes, shiawase-kichi happiness and luck.