Katsushika Hokusai, (1760-1849), 1830-2
- Katsushika Hokusai
- `Gaifu Kaisei' (Fine wind, clear weather), also known as `Aka Fuji' (Red Fuji) from the series `Fugaku sanjurokkei' (Thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji)
- oban, 25.6 by 38cm., 10 1/16 by 15in.
Together with the `Great Wave' (lot 790) and the `Sudden Shower Below the Summit' (lot 789), this is one of the trio of outstanding masterpieces in this series, as well as being one of the greatest of all colour-print landscapes conceived in east or west.
The publication of Fugaku Sanjurokkei can be dated to 1830-2 because of an advertisement placed by the publisher Eijudo in the back of the book Shohon-jidate `Kabuki Tales' which appeared at New Year, 1831. As translated by the late Mr Richard Lane in his Hokusai, 1989, it reads:
The Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji / By Venerable Iitsu, formerly called Hokusai / single sheet prints, in aizuri technique / scene on each sheet, now in the process of publication / these pictures show Fuji's in each of its different locations and shapes / for example, its form at Shichiri Beach, or its aspect as seen from Tsukuda Island / - all, in their infinite variety, for the edification of those who would master the art of landscape painting / thus, if engraving proceeds apace, the result will likely exceed a hundred scenes / - not just limited to thirty-six
While only nine of the Fuji series are strictly blue prints, the early impressions of the first thirty-six of the eventual forty-six designs of the set were printed with blue outlines, as in this example. The supplementary ten prints, making the total forty-six, are printed with the black key block as in the later editions of the first thirty-six.