Hokusai: Yoshida on the Tôkaidô from “Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji”.
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai
Title: Yoshida on the Tôkaidô from “Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji”. Travelers admire the view of Fuji from the Fujimi (“Fuji View”) Teahouse.
Series: “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji”.
Date: ca. 1830-32
Travelers admire the view of Fuji from the Fujimi (“Fuji View”) Teahouse, the name of which appears on the center panel. The waitress is drawing the attention of the two women to the stunning mountain silhouetted against the pale blue sky. The two men on the right relax after setting down their heavy loads. Their hats have the trademark of the publisher. The old man repairing his straw sandal and his companion, both porters, are nearly naked, although everyone else is warmly dressed against the cold. On the right, two additional panels read ocha tsuki (“tea served”) and kongen Yoshida hokuchi (“the original Yoshida tinder”), an advertisement for the local kindling-wood. This scene also is a testament to Hokusai’s understanding of the laws of Western perspective.
Condition: Excellent impression and color. Very good condition.
Literature: Shown in “Hokusai” (2003), by Gian Carlo Calza, V.35.29, page 279. Also shown in “Hokusai: Prints and Drawings” by Matthi Forrer (1991), figure 23.
Signature: Zen Hokusai iitsu hitsu