Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Spring Dawn in the Provinces of Awa, Shimosa, and Kazusa
Series; Views of Both Banks of the Sumida River
Hokusai Anthology of Famous Pictures by Takamizawa - In the mid-1950s, the renowned Takamizawa Publisher released a reprint series of 49 of Hokusai prints. The series focused on Hokusai’s charming, atypical designs that were less commonly seen. From nature scenes and beauties to outstanding selections from Hokusai's "100 Views of Mt. Fuji" series, these expertly carved and printed designs beautifully capture the details of the Edo era originals. Printed with the attention to detail and exquisite quality of the Takamizawa Publisher, this rare reprint series is a collector’s delight.
- In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Spring Dawn in the Provinces of Awa, Shimosa, and Kazusa - Lovely view of a ferry loaded with passengers starting out across the Sumida River. Several beauties sit on benches in the center of the boat while men stand in the front as two boatmen pole the craft along the gently undulating surface. Other ferries can be seen in the distance along with boats going out fishing for the first time in the New Year. An attractive design, beautifully detailed.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 7 1/2" x 10 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at side from original publisher mounting. Please see photos for details. Good overall.