HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The Fuji of the scholar, Bunhen no fuji , n.57

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The Fuji of the scholar, Bunhen no fuji , n.57

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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.

As in a dream, on a cloud decorated with geometric motifs, a poet contemplates Fuji from the Tagus beach. 

Suzuki suggests the name of Yamabe no Akahito (active between 724 and 737):

Tago no ura ni / uchidete mireba / mashiro no zu / Fuji no takane ni / yuki wa furitsutsu

Passing on Tago beach, I saw snow falling, white, up there on the top of Fuji.

The same landscape appears in the plate Tokaido Eijiri Tago no ura ryakuzu , a drawing of the coast of Tago near Eijiri on the Tokaido, from the series Thirty-six views of Fuji . A preparatory drawing of this plate is also known.