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Asakusa Hongan-ji Temple from '36 Views of Mt. Fuji'

Size: 26.0cm by 39.0cm (10.24 in by 15.35 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Katsushika Hokusai

Era: Post-war | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 12,000$ 99.00£ 77.50€ 90.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: 36 Views of Mt. Fuji is an extremely well-known series. What started as 36 works later grew to include a total of 46 images, containing some of the most recognizable works Hokusai ever designed. It was published c. 1830–1832.

What makes this print unique is its bird’s eye-view of the roof-tops of the town. Under a clear sky, there is some repair action on the high roof of the Hongan-ji Temple in Asakusa. Mount Fuji is visible in the background, rising up sharp and fierce with a snow-capped peak over the typical Hokusai haze clouds. Even though Mount Fuji is placed in the center of the composition, the attention goes definitely to the right part of the scene where the workers are struggling to bring up the tiles. We can enjoy how Hokusai transformed a moment that should have been ordinary into something very entertaining. The charming kite in the form of a bird high up in the air over Mount Fuji, gives the landscape a lightness and floating sensation.

This particular print is a post-war reproduction by Takamizawa company.

There are a few slight foxing spots in the upper area of this print. Also, there is a slight wrinkle at the upper right edge.

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