The Bay of Noboto in Shimosa Province

by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

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The Bay of Noboto in Shimosa Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Bay of Noboto in Shimosa Province

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!

The Bay of Noboto in Shimosa Province - Handsome view of men and women gathering clams in Noboto Bay at low tide. Two men carry baskets filled with shellfish, while young children play on the beach at left, chasing each other beneath the small of the two torii gates. The gates add interest to the composition, the diagonal lines of the beams contrasting with the organic forms of the foliage along the shore at right. An interesting design, nicely shaded.

Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

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

Condition - Excellent color and detail.

The Bay of Noboto in Shimosa Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
The Bay of Noboto in Shimosa Province by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)