HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, FUJI AND THE EIGHT SACRED PEAKS IN THE PROVINCE OF SHINANO n. 33

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, FUJI AND THE EIGHT SACRED PEAKS IN THE PROVINCE OF SHINANO n. 33

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Shinshu yatsugatake 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

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.

Bibliography:

Stocking GC Hokusai, the old madman 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.

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Salamon Villa T., The hundred views of Fuji, Turin, 1975.

Smith II H. Hokusai: one hundred view of Fuji by Hokusai, London, 1988.

In the distance, the volcanic chain of the eight peaks, Yatsugatake, about 50 miles northwest of Fuji. Alternation of jagged peaks, eroded by the action of the wind in contrast both with the purity of the Fuji lines and with the flowing undulations of the waters below.

Judging by the similarity of the mountain line to that drawn in the plate titled Shinshu Suwako , Lake Suwa in the province of Shinano, of the series of Thirty-six views of Fuji it could be the same lake.

However, considering the tumultuousness of the water, which is badly suited to the calm surface of a lake, Suzuki speculates that it is the nearby Chikuma River.

The design of the swaying movement of the water is also found in a panel by Mangwa IX (1819).