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.
Mishima Pass in Kai Province - A nice print of travelers relaxing on the hilly Mishima Pass. Attempting to measure the circumference of the tree, the men reach their arms around, another sits and puffs on his tobacco. A lovely print with soft green and blue tones, Fuji and clouds in the background. A pleasing composition that would make for a nice display.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 9 5/8" x 14 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Nice condition overall.