Takahashi Hiroaki (Shotei) 高橋松亭 弘明: Mount Fuji as Seen from Mount Ashitaka 愛宕山麓 Autumn

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Artist: Takahashi Hiroaki (Shotei) (1871-1945)
Title:  Mount Fuji as Seen from Mount Ashitaka 愛宕山麓 Autumn
Date: 1931

Ashitaka Sanroku, Aki; The Foothills of the Mountain range, Ashitakayama in autumn. Stunning oversized view of Mount Fuji rising above a rushing streem in autumn. Fuji-san itself is a snow covered white, the slopes of mountain conifers is grey due to the distance, and the foreground rocks have beautiful depth from being printed with the edge of the baren. This work has a great deal of depth and is exceptionally printed, with gauffrauge in the crevasses of Fuji’s flanks. Fusui Gabo was one of the few publishers who experimented with prints of this size in the prewar period, as this size presented challenges when it came to finding blocks of sufficient size as well as generally being difficult to print. A scarce design. It also was printed in a summer rain version, which we also have for sale. As noted in “Printed to Perfection”, which compares this work with the best of Hasui and Yoshida, the master artisan block carver and printer Takano Shichinosuke and  Ono Tomisaburo also worked for Watanabe. With the hand-numbered limited edition number verso of 92/100.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. 
Dimensions: 52.5 x 36.3 cm 
Publisher: Fusui Gabo
Literature: Reigle Newland, Amy, gen. ed., Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 2004, p. 45, no. 16 (for autumn view). Reigle Stephens, Amy, gen. ed., The new wave: Twentieth-century Japanese prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 1993, p. 114, pl. 94a.