HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The generous Fuji, Senkin no fuji , n.31

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The generous Fuji, Senkin no fuji , n.31

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Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei 

Technique: nishikie, woodcuts in two shades of gray.

Format: hanshinbon koban (about 183x123 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.

 

Bales of rice, protected by straw mats, are stacked in the likeness of Fuji, which rises in the background. A flight of small birds ( chidori ) descend to peck the scattered grains.

Senkin literally means a thousand pieces of gold, so by extension priceless gift, priceless generosity.

Concept further strengthened by the use, by Hokusai, of a different ideogram from the one used until now to write the name Fuji; said ideogram has the meaning of "prosperous man". 

The generosity of the mountain, already introduced in the previous table, is the concluding theme of the first volume.