Fuzei omoshiroki 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
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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A complex exercise in graphic imagination, inspired by Renga 's poems, chained verses. Having recited a verse, the next poet composed a second, starting from the final part of the first without knowing the first part, and so for all subsequent verses.
First verse. Two men, an old man and an adult, on the base of what could be a temple, laugh at the fall of their young companion. These, upside down, seem to have slipped or "flown off the base itself".
Second verse. The leg of one of the characters above seems to be positioned in the movement of kicking a ball up in the game of kemari (kicking ball, an aristocratic game in the Heian era that became popular in the Edo period, consisting in constantly keeping a ball in flight).
Third verse. The kicked ball is on the top of Fuji, rolls down the slope. Does it descend or does it ascend to the summit?
Fourth verse. The ball is now a full moon, rising from the sacred mountain. Poetic, real and elegant image, at the end of the concatenation of the lines.