by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Thirty-six Views of Fuji
Meiji Hokusai Thirty-six Fuji published by Masajiro Sekiguchi - In the Meiji era, following the immense success of Hokusai’s Edo era Thirty-six Views of Fuji, the niche publisher Masajiro Sekiguchi printed a select set of 12 prints from the series. The carvers made new blocks from an original print and printed 14 Fuji designs to complete the set. The release was very small. We have only seen these prints once before. The Sekiguchi Fuji prints are beautiful old prints and a nice opportunity to collect a famous Hokusai design.
The prints are identified in the margin with the information about this release. The text in the margin reads; “Fine Views of Fuji by the Former Hokusai, published by Masajiro Sekiguchi of Ginza, Tokyo on September 3, 1882”
Fujimigahara (Fuji-View Fields) - Striking view of Mt. Fuji from across Fujimigahara, framed by the opening of an enormous wooden tub. A cooper labors inside the barrel, with tools and materials scattered along the ground nearby. Fields stretch across the plain to the dark green line of trees on the horizon, with the peak of the sacred mountain rising above. A handsome design, nicely colored and shaded.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 9 1/2" x 14 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Album paper remains on reverse, attached only at edges and center (can be removed). Minor toning with age, see photos. Centerfold from folio storage, now flattened. Nice overall.