Bunhen 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 diptych (about 183x253 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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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 panel is also known.