HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji in a downpour, Murasame no Fuji

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Fuji in a downpour, Murasame no Fuji

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Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei.

Technique: nishikie, woodcuts in three shades of gray.

Format: hanshinbon koban (approx.183 × 123 mm)

Signatures : Zen Hokusai Iitsu aratame Gakyorojin Manji

Seal of the artist : Fuji no Yama

Dates : 1834- 1st album, 1835- 2nd album, 1836- 3rd album.

Engravers: Egawa Tomekichi and Tsentaro

Publishers: Nishimura Yuzo, Eirakuya Toshiro.

Superb proof with excellent contrasts, in a rare first edition printed in three shades of gray. Imprinted on Japanese paper between 1834 and 1836. In exceptional condition, with uncut margins all around beyond the marginal line.


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The thin vertical lines, the round hats of the wayfarers, the Fuji outlined through the visual illusion created by the only interruptions of the rain lines, make this table a small masterpiece . Murasame , literally rain in clusters. The writing on the umbrella san ben , third volume.