Takamizawa's "36 Views of Fuji" Taisho era release - With the increase in Western visitors to Japan in the first quarter of the 20th century 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. The Takamizawa Publisher, the finest reprint publisher of the era, published this beautiful edition of Hokusai's 36 Views of Fuji during the Taisho era (1911 - 1925).
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, line work and even wood grain 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 lovely old prints are valuable and highly sought after by collectors. Each Takamizawa print has a seal on the reverse; the image below is an example of the seal used, which dates from the Taisho era (1911 - 1925). This is a fantastic early release by Takamizawa of Hokusai's famed 36 Fuji series, and a great choice for collectors interested in these classic images.
Fujimigahara (Fuji-View Fields) - A lovely print with a strong composition. A man labors towards sealing the seams of an enormous tub. The circle of the tub focusing the composition, Fuji framed in the background. Fine colors of green and pink contrast to create a very nice print.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 9 5/8" x 14 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. A few faint marks. Nice condition overall.