Hokusai and the Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji - In Japan, Mt. Fuji is a sacred place and a symbol of the country itself. Rising majestically near the center of Japan, Fuji dominates the landscape and the Japanese national identity. At the age of sixty-nine, the great Hokusai began what would become the most famous landscape print series of ukiyo-e, his incredible Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.
Originally intended to comprise thirty-six prints, the publisher added an additional ten images, bringing the series total to forty-six woodblocks. Originally published around 1830, Hokusai's bold compositions capture the strength, beauty, and symbolism of Mt. Fuji in rain and snow, at sunrise and dusk, and from a variety of vantage points. The series includes some of Hokusai's greatest masterpieces. These fantastic images portray the strength and majesty of nature, leading the viewer to contemplate man's place in relation to the natural world. A truly magnificent series, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji justly remains Hokusai's most famous and highly regarded work.
19th Century Eijudo printing - In the late 19th century, the descendents of the original publisher of Hokusai's beautiful "Thirty-six Views of Fuji" series had survived the tumultuous times of the Meiji restoration and early Meiji years. They had continued to produce woodblock prints, both for new artists, and new releases, as well as later printings of their older series. With the continued growing popularity of Hokusai's prints among the Japanese, and newly arrived Western collectors, Eijudo decided to release a complete reprint edition set of Hokusai's "Thirty-six Views of Fuji" series. This set was to be produced to the highest standards, using the same printing techiniques that were used to print the originals. The success of Hokusai's Thirty-Six Views of Fuji propelled Eijudo to the forefront of the publishing industry in Japan and they attracted some of the most skilled engravers and printers in Japan to be part of the project. Eijudo took careful attention when selecting paper and ink for this turn of the century series as well. As the first publisher of this incredible Japanese masterwork series, they were best suited to replicate the first edition release.
The resulting print set was an impressive achievement. The complete set of 46 woodblock prints was released to great acclaim, with masterful color and on beautiful handmade paper. Today, these prints are very valuable and highly sought after by collectors. The prices of Hokusai's prints have continued to climb and they have become increasingly rare. Original Great Wave prints sell for tens of thousands and sometimes in excess of $100,000. This wonderful Great Wave from Eijudo’s 19th century printing is a great opportunity to collect Hokusai’s masterwork in a beautiful old printing at a price that is a fraction of the originals from the early 1830's.
Under the Wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) - Perhaps the most famous woodblock print of all time. Certainly a masterpiece of Japanese art. Hokusai's Great Wave is an incredible woodblock design. The image depicts two groups of brave men fighting the rolling waters of the sea. A huge curl of wave rises from the left and frames a view of Fuji - tranquil and oblivious to the challenge of the humans. This image is, indisputably, Hokusai’s masterwork. It is recognized throughout the world as a Japanese treasure. Original first edition prints of the Great Wave are almost impossible to come by these days. This Eijudo 1912 print is a fantastic opportunity to collect this Hoikusai masterpiece. Bid or buy now!
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image size - 9 1/4" x 14 1/4"
Condition - In generally good condition overall, as shown. Beautiful paper quality, fine color, not faded. Slightly wrinkled, not serious, typical for this age. Was backed, now removed. Some remnants of previous backing on reverse. One tear near the signature and title panel ( about 2" long) has been repaired. See photos.
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