HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji from the mountains of Taiseki-ji, Taisekiji no sanchu no fuji , n.49

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji from the mountains of Taiseki-ji, Taisekiji no sanchu no fuji , n.49

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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.

Bibliography:

Calza GC Hokusai, the old fool 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.

Taiseki-ji, built at the southeast base of the mountain, is the major temple of the Shoshu branch of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism.

Nichiren (1222-1282), founder of the homonymous sect, preached a return to the primitive essence of Buddhism by synthesizing it in three major aspects: adoration, honzon ; the law, daimoku ; the moral, kaidan .

Hokusai himself apparently belonged to this sect.