HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The clean Fuji, Idosarae no fuji , n.32

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The clean Fuji, Idosarae no fuji , n.32

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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:

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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.

View from Edo, with the representation of the periodic cleaning, for emptying, of the underground canalization system, responsible for the water supply of the city.

The panel presents a complex geometric construction where the figure of the worker is contrasted with the triangular shapes inserted in the design and symbol of calm and stability, a body totally arched in a perfect semicircle, expression of a vigorous strength and vital energy.