Hokusai; Tokitarō; Tawaraya Sōri
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The repetition and rhyme of shapes and colors in the foreground and background make this one of the most unified, handsome designs in the series. The triangular shape formed by the fishing lines, the fisherman’s arched back, and the promontory from which he fishes echoes that of Fuji on the horizon. The visual relationship between man in the foreground and nature in the background is enhanced by the deep Berlin blue coloration Hokusai gave to the fisherman’s jacket, the apex of the shoreline in the foreground, and the summit of Fuji. The first impression of this print features the indigo technique; the number of colors was increased in later impressions.
Format is Aiban. Provenance: from a private collection in New York. This is a later edition done in the 1950s. Lightly hinged at top of presentation mat.