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.
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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In the distance the eight peak volcanic range, Yatsugatake, about 50 miles NW of Fuji. Alternation of jagged peaks, eroded by the action of the wind in contrast both with the purity of the lines of Fuji and with the flowing undulation of the waters below.
Judging by the resemblance of the line of mountains to that drawn in the plate titled Shinshu Suwako , Lake Suwa in Shinano Province, from the Thirty-Six Views of Fuji series, it could be the same lake.
However, considering the tumultuousness of the waters, which does not suit the calm surface of a lake, Suzuki hypothesizes it is the nearby Chikuma river.
The drawing of the undulating movement of the water can also be found in a table by Mangwa IX (1819).