Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Woodcutters in the Totomi Mountains
Thirty-six Views of Fuji
Meiji Hokusai Thirty-six Fuji published by Masajiro Sekiguchi - In the Meiji era, following the immense success of Hokusai’s Edo era Thirty-six Views of Fuji, the niche publisher Masajiro Sekiguchi printed a select set of 12 prints from the series. The carvers made new blocks from an original print and printed 14 Fuji designs to complete the set. The release was very small. We have only seen these prints once before. The Sekiguchi Fuji prints are beautiful old prints and a nice opportunity to collect a famous Hokusai design.
The prints are identified in the margin with the information about this release. The text in the margin reads; “Fine Views of Fuji by the Former Hokusai, published by Masajiro Sekiguchi of Ginza, Tokyo on September 3, 1882”
Woodcutters in the Totomi Mountains - Extraordinary view of woodcutters at work in the Totomi Mountains. A huge piece of lumber is propped diagonally as two men saw into the wood, making dimensioned lumber. At left, another man sharpens the teeth of a saw blade, while a woman with a child on her back gestures towards the smoke billowing upwards from a fire. Clouds swirl around the peak of Mt. Fuji, echoing the shape of the smoke. A terrific design, wonderfully detailed and colored.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 9 1/2" x 14 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Album paper remains on reverse, attached only at edges and center (can be removed). Minor toning with age, see photos. Centerfold from folio storage, now flattened. Nice overall.