ca. 19th century. Later printing. Loose leaf. Oblong (chuban, yoko-e-format). B/w woodblock print. 8 x 10.5". The print originates from the 2nd volume of the 3-volume set "One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji", originally published 1834-1835 and considered to be among the artist's greatest achievements. The image depicts the oarsmen of an 'oshiokuri-bune' (row boat) on a turbulent sea. As implied by the title of the print, the faint distorted reflection of Mt. Fuji can be seen in the swell to the bottom left side of the boat. Unlike the the format of the image as it appears in the book, as a 2-part diptych, this print is in one part, and thus appears to be a later printing. Many scholars consider this image to be the sequel or companion piece to the world-famous masterpiece "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", which the artist created not long before. It has been commented that if turned upside down the print can be seen as an alternate version of the "Great Wave", where the wave (the sea) and the mountain have merged. Text in Japanese printed in the upper left corner of the print.
The print is in near fine condition, and housed in modern protective mylar. near fine. Item #44864
* Reference: (National gallery of victoria, Austrailia).