HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE BEGINNING OF KAKEMONO n. 44

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, THE BEGINNING OF KAKEMONO n. 44

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Kakemono no hottan

Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei

Technique: nishikie, woodcuts in two shades of gray and one of pink.

Format: hanshinbon koban (about 183x123 mm)

Signatures : Zen Hokusai Iitsu aratame Gakyorojin Manji

Seal of the artist : Fuji no Yama

Dates : 1834- 1836.

Engravers: Egawa Tomekichi and Tsentaro

Editors: Nishimura Yuzo, Eirakuya Toshiro.

Beautiful test with good contrasts, in a fourth edition published by Tohikedo in 1852 with the characteristic pink tone. Imprinted on Japan paper, in excellent condition, with uncut margins all around beyond the marginal line.

Bibliography:

Stocking GC Hokusai, the old madman 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.

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Salamon Villa T., The hundred views of Fuji, Turin, 1975.

Smith II H. Hokusai: one hundred view of Fuji by Hokusai, London, 1988.

The origin of kakemono (painting on roll with vertical unfolding).

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

The wonder is such that the traveler raises his ecstatic face and opens his hands, similar to the ryu , the dragon of the drawing Toryu no Fuji , plate 36, which emerged from the thick of the clouds suddenly finds himself in front of the Fuji remaining enchanted, claws open.