At Sea off Kazusa

by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

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At Sea off Kazusa by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
At Sea off Kazusa

Series; Thirty-six Views of Fuji

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.

Yuyudo Publisher - In the early 20th century, the Yuyudo publishing house had already distinguished themselves as one of the finest publishers in Japan. They adhered to the same exacting standards of 19th century publishers while some of their publishing colleagues took shortcuts. In the 1950's, as interest Edo era woodblock prints was reigniting, Yuyudo embarked upon a project to produce reprints by the great masters from the Golden Age of Ukiyo-e. They hired the finest woodblock printers and carvers in the world for this endeavor. The resulting prints were some of the highest quality reproductions ever made. We are pleased to offer this beautiful reprint from the Yuyudo publisher in our auctions today.  Yuyudo prints are exceptionally well done and very finely printed. Each bears a Yuyudo Publisher stamp on the margin or reverse. Bid now on prints from this fantastic collection!

At Sea off Kazusa - Striking view of two ships at sea off Kazusa Province, their sails billowing in the breeze. At right, a few sailors peer out a large window, adding a sense of scale to the large vessel. The water is shaded from deep blue in the foreground to pale blue along the horizon, with the peak of Mt. Fuji and sails in the distance. Beautiful detail and line work in the ships. A handsome design.

Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Image Size - 7 1/2" x 11" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent color and detail.

At Sea off Kazusa by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
At Sea off Kazusa by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)