HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The beginning of kakemono, Kakemono no hottan , n.44

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, The beginning of kakemono, Kakemono no hottan , n.44

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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.


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The origin of kakemono (vertical unwinding scroll painting).

In a tavern a waiter has removed one of the paper windows, a guest is enchanted by the vision of the framing created between the Fuji and the elements around, above and below the vision.

The wonder is such that the traveler raises his face in ecstasy and opens his hands wide, similar to the ryu , the dragon of the Toryu no Fuji drawing, plate 36, which suddenly emerges from the thick clouds and finds itself in the presence of Fuji, remaining enchanted by it. claws open.