Katsushika Hokusai, "The Appearance of Hoeizan"
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The eruption of Mt. Fuji on a winter evening in 1707 was one of the largest recorded in Japan. The explosion came from a lateral vent on the mountain, thus creating the Hoeizan peak to the East. Hokusai did not experience this catatrophe as he was not born yet, but the chaos in the composition is likely an expression of his own anxieties and fears of the destruction an eruption would cause.
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 second 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: Two-panel (each approx. 5” x 8”)
Publisher: Eirakuya Toshiro
Condition: Excellent impression; light soiling, wormhole in margin
Shown in 14” X 18” 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.