HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The sinuous Fuji, Uneri fuji , n.37

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The sinuous Fuji, Uneri fuji , n.37

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Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei 

Technique: nishikie, woodcuts in two shades of gray.

Format: hanshinbon koban diptych (about 183x253 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.

Fascinating vision, reflected in the rhythmic ups and downs of the waves.

This view could be interpreted as a sequel to the drawings Kaijo no Fuji , plate 40, and the Great Wave, Kanagawa oki namiura (the wave near the Kanagawa coast) from the Thirty-six Views of Fuji series.

After the storm, the sea calmed down, now the fishermen's boat glides among the waves, some rowers seem to turn to admire the distant Fuji, others to observe its flickering reflection on the water.

The mirror of the waters in perpetual movement in reflecting the light can create fascinating hypnotic games.

Real or reflected, intuited or imagined, the fulcrum of the whole scene is and remains the omnipresence of the mountain, divine, elusive and mysterious.