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 (about 183×123 mm).

Signatures : Zen Hokusai Iitsu aratame Gakyorojin Manji.

Artist's seal : 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. Printed on Japan paper between 1834 and 1836. In exceptional condition, with clean edges 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 board a small masterpiece . Murasame , literally cluster rain. The inscription on the umbrella san ben , third volume.