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.
Takamizawa's "36 Views of Fuji" release - In the early and mid 20th century, with the increase in Western visitors to Japan and the interest in the Edo era woodblock print tradition, some of the best publishing houses began to release high quality ukiyo-e of scenery and portrait prints from the Edo era. It was during this time that the Takamizawa Publisher, the finest reprint publisher of the era, began work on their production of Hokusai's 36 Views of Fuji.
Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, Takamizawa’s carvers carefully cut new blocks and printed prints replicating Edo era colors on beautiful handmade paper. Takamizawa's 36 Fuji prints were released to great acclaim. Some of the most popular subjects, such as Red Fuji and the Great Wave, have become highly sought after.
Takamizawa's 36 Fuji prints are arguably the finest reprints of Hokusai's series ever done. Today, many collector’s seek out this series specifically. Each Takamizawa print features the Takamizawa seal on reverse.
Red Fuji - This is the famous Takamizawa reprint of one of the most well known and sought after woodblock prints of all time. Hokusai depicts Mt. Fuji which is said to take on a red color in the early morning and around sunset. The original design was printed with blocks that had very recognizable wood grain on the mountain. Collectors and dealers used this marker as a first indication of authenticity. In the 20th century, Takamizawa created a beautiful, perfect replica of the print - including the recognizable woodgrain. It was an impressive accomplishment for a publisher and the Takamizawa Red Fuji reprints became famous. Some even argued that the print was intended to be passed off as an original. We often have requests for Takamizawa’s Red Fuji which has become increasingly difficult to find.
The red appearance of Mt. Fuji is especially noticeable on a summer day with the undulating clouds and a clear sky as shown here. The design is simple and an artistic masterpiece. This print, along with the Great Wave are thought to be the best prints of the series and masterworks of Hokusai's career. The Takamizawa reprint was printed to the highest quality standards with beautiful bokashi shading.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 9 7/8" x 14 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.