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Fuji and Ascending Dragon (登龍の不二 - Toryu no Fuji) - One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽百景 - Fugaku hyakkei) Vol. 2, Ukiyo-e woodblock print.

Fuji and Ascending Dragon (登龍の不二 - Toryu no Fuji) - One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽百景 - Fugaku hyakkei) Vol. 2, Ukiyo-e woodblock print.

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(all artworks are sold without the "Calliope's Bucket" stamp)

Two versions of this woodblock prints are offered. For the color version see:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/499086771/fuji-and-ascending-dragon-color-dng


Woodblock prints have been restored as closely as possible to their intended colors and appearance, with extensive research into the original pigments. Seams from folding and scuffs have also been removed. The print you are viewing is as close to a fresh print as possible, in the spirit of the Ukiyo-e tradition.

Many of these prints were produced for ephemeral purposes, as advertisements for Kabuki plays, or as political satire, they were also often used as household artworks. The meaning of Ukiyo-e, "Pictures of the Floating World" reflects this ephemerality. Most Ukiyo-e prints are between 100 and 250 years old and the printing blocks have often been lost. Due to the nature of the production process, and the frequent recarving of printing blocks, there is no original in the sense of western artworks, Ukiyo-e prints were printed tens to hundreds of times.

The signature on each print gives the name of the artist, the woodblock carver, and the inspecting censor.

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎), October 31, 1760 (exact date questionable) – May 10, 1849.

Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. He was influenced by such painters as Sesshu, and other styles of Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景 Fugaku Sanjūroku-kei, c. 1831) which includes the internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s.


Fuji and Ascending Dragon (登龍の不二 - Toryu no Fuji), #36
From the series One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽百景 - Fugaku hyakkei) Vol. 2, 1835

Signed:
Seventy six years old, Iitsu the former Hokusai (Saki no Hokusai Iitsu aratamete) now known as Gakyo Rojin Manji
(Nanajûrokusai saki no Hokusai iitsu aratame gakyô rôjin Manji hitsu 七十六齢 前北斎為一改 画狂老人卍筆)

For the series One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji, Hokusai chose to work in monochrome. He used black lines and various subtle shades of grey, concentrating on eccentric and imaginative compositions, rather than the realistic depiction of actual places. 'Fuji and Ascending Dragon' is one of two views (and Fuji in a Thunderstorm, #52) in the series in which a separate block of black, rather than gray, was used for background gradation, in both instances to great effect.

Two versions of this woodblock prints are offered. For the color version see:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/499086771/fuji-and-ascending-dragon-color-dng

Approximate image sizes:

9" x 13" fine art paper - image size 7.5" x 10"
11" x 14" fine art paper - image size 9.5" x 12.5"
13" x 19" fine art paper - image size 11.5" x 15"
(all artworks are sold without the "Calliope's Bucket" stamp)

Two versions of this woodblock prints are offered. For the color version see:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/499086771/fuji-and-ascending-dragon-color-dng


Woodblock prints have been restored as closely as possible to their intended colors and appearance, with extensive research into the original pigments. Seams from folding and scuffs have also been removed. The print you are viewing is as close to a fresh print as possible, in the spirit of the Ukiyo-e tradition.

Many of these prints were produced for ephemeral purposes, as advertisements for Kabuki plays, or as political satire, they were also often used as household artworks. The meaning of Ukiyo-e, "Pictures of the Floating World" reflects this ephemerality. Most Ukiyo-e prints are between 100 and 250 years old and the printing blocks have often been lost. Due to the nature of the production process, and the frequent recarving of printing blocks, there is no original in the sense of western artworks, Ukiyo-e prints were printed tens to hundreds of times.

The signature on each print gives the name of the artist, the woodblock carver, and the inspecting censor.

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎), October 31, 1760 (exact date questionable) – May 10, 1849.

Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. He was influenced by such painters as Sesshu, and other styles of Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景 Fugaku Sanjūroku-kei, c. 1831) which includes the internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s.


Fuji and Ascending Dragon (登龍の不二 - Toryu no Fuji), #36
From the series One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽百景 - Fugaku hyakkei) Vol. 2, 1835

Signed:
Seventy six years old, Iitsu the former Hokusai (Saki no Hokusai Iitsu aratamete) now known as Gakyo Rojin Manji
(Nanajûrokusai saki no Hokusai iitsu aratame gakyô rôjin Manji hitsu 七十六齢 前北斎為一改 画狂老人卍筆)

For the series One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji, Hokusai chose to work in monochrome. He used black lines and various subtle shades of grey, concentrating on eccentric and imaginative compositions, rather than the realistic depiction of actual places. 'Fuji and Ascending Dragon' is one of two views (and Fuji in a Thunderstorm, #52) in the series in which a separate block of black, rather than gray, was used for background gradation, in both instances to great effect.

Two versions of this woodblock prints are offered. For the color version see:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/499086771/fuji-and-ascending-dragon-color-dng

Approximate image sizes:

9" x 13" fine art paper - image size 7.5" x 10"
11" x 14" fine art paper - image size 9.5" x 12.5"
13" x 19" fine art paper - image size 11.5" x 15"

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