HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Rafts among the reeds under Fuji, Rochu ikada no fuji , n.21

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA, Rafts among the reeds under Fuji, Rochu ikada no fuji , n.21

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Series : One Hundred Views of Fuji, Fugaku Hyakkei 

Technique: nishikie, woodcuts in two shades of gray.

Format: hanshinbon koban diptych (about 183x253 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.

Bibliography:

Calza GC Hokusai, the old fool 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.

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.

Modern critics consider this table one of the most beautiful, seeing in it a notable sentimental movement, rare in Hokusai.

Sentiment expressed by the child who, perched on top of the planks and suspended over the water, contemplates Fuji.

He also interprets (Narazaki) the figurine crouched on the raft on the left, as a citizen on the run in search of a serene natural stillness.