by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
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 36 prints, the publisher added an additional 10 images, bringing the series total to 46 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.
Yuyudo Publisher - In the early 20th century, the Yuyudo publishing house had already distinguished themselves as one of the finest publishers in Japan. They adhered to the same exacting standards of 19th century publishers while some of their publishing colleagues took shortcuts. In the 1950s, as interest Edo era woodblock prints was reigniting, Yuyudo embarked upon a project to produce reprints by the great masters from the Golden Age of Ukiyo-e. They hired the finest woodblock printers and carvers in the world for this endeavor. The resulting prints were some of the highest quality reproductions ever made. We are pleased to offer this beautiful reprint set from the Yuyudo publisher in our auctions today. Yuyudo prints are exceptionally well done and very finely printed. Each bears a Yuyudo Publisher stamp in the margin.
This Complete Boxed Set - This attractive, complete boxed set comprises all 46 prints from Hokusai's "Thirty-six Views of Fuji" series. Hokusai's masterwork Fuji series includes his iconic "The Great Wave," along with memorable designs such as "Red Fuji" and "Thunderstorm beneath the Summit." The designs are nicely printed with fine detail and soft bokashi shading. Each reprint comes loose within an individual windowed viewing folder, with two folders slipped into each of the 23 separate blue outer folders with the series title. A booklet in Japanese featuring small black and white photos of each print accompanies the set. The folders fit into a traditional cloth-covered box with string ties. This is a terrific opportunity to collect a complete set of all 46 woodblock prints from Hokusai's "Thirty-six Views of Fuji" in a beautiful boxed set.
Please note: - This boxed set is quite heavy. International bidders are welcome; however, there is an additional $75 charge to ship the set internationally.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Size - Each image 7 5/8" x 11 3/8" + margins as shown; page size 8 1/2" x 12 5/8"; viewing folder 11 7/8" x 16 1/4"; overall size
Condition - Prints in excellent condition overall with no issues to report.
Examples from the Set
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