Katsushika Hokusai, "Sliding Down"
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The pilgrims are shown sliding down Mt. Fuji on the soft, volcanic sand, which made its descent both thrilling and efficient. Climbers used this method of descending the peak until the late 20th century, when a rockslide resulting in multiple deaths closed this thoroughfare for good. The plate can be shown by itself, or as a companion piece to the plate entitled "The Opening of Fuji."
Hokusai’s seminal work “100 Views of Mount Fuji” (Fugaku hyakkei) was originally published as a three volume ehon (picture book) starting in 1834 and into the 1840s. Devoid of any meaningful color, the 102 designs contained in the monochrome woodblock printed books are considered by many to be his masterpiece. Rare and highly coveted, Tokaido Arts is pleased to offer a selection of pages excavated from disassembled volumes from the first edition.
All prints are sent matted either 12" x 16" (one-panel) or 14” x 18" (two-panel).
Series: 100 Views of Fuji
Date: c. 1860s
Size: One-panel (approx. 5” x 8”)
Publisher: Eirakuya Toshiro
Condition: Excellent impression; light soiling, wormhole in margin
Shown in 12” X 16” x 1/4” Modern Metal, Black Frame
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is an icon in the world of Japanese art, design, and woodblock prints. So much has been written about his life as an artist, and his art, making his woodblock prints some of the most treasured in the world.