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.

Bibliography:

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Pietro Gobbi. Signatures seals coats of arms philology of Ukiyo-e , Turin, 1989.

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Joly H. Legend in Japanese art , Rutland, Tokyo, 1973.

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.

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.