Takamizawa's "36 Views of Fuji" release - In the 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 the most famous 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 a release of Hokusai's 36 Views of Fuji.
Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the prints were produced with the original Edo era colors and printed on beautiful handmade paper. The prints were produced with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color, linework and even woodgrain detail. Takamizawa's 36 Fuji prints were a fantastic achievement and were released to great acclaim. Some of the most popular subjects, such as Red Fuji and the Great Wave, quickly became a scarce commodity.
Takamizawa's 36 Fuji prints are considered to be the finest reprints of Hokusai's series ever done. Today, these prints are valuable and highly sought after by collectors.
The Cushion Pine at Aoyama, Edo - A fantastic Hokusai design depicting the famous pine tree in the garden of Ryuganji, the enormous spreading boughs propped with wooden supports, the legs of a gardener seen trimming the branches below the pine. Beautiful view of Fuji.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 10" x 14 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.