Series Introduction from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Series Introduction

from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1940

Table of Contents

IHL Cat. #418

About This Print

This print provides an introduction to the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fuji Sanjurokkei no Uchi) published by Uchida Woodblock Printing Company between 1939 and 1940.  A subtle sumi-e wash of Mount Fuji provides the background over which the kanji has been printed.  The original issue of the complete set contained, in addition to this Series Introduction, a shorter introduction by the artist and a Table of Contents listing the titles of each of the 36 prints in the series. 

The Series - Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Published by Uchida Bijutsu Shoten between 1939 and 1940, this 36-print set (plus two introductory sheets and a table of contents sheet) by Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000) is a more modern take on Hokusai's (1760–1849) famous series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (1826-1833). 

Tokuriki's series was extremely popular with domestic and foreign buyers who purchased one thousand copies within a short time after issuance.1  The series was re-printed at least once in the 1950s.  Later printings omit the information in the margin and position the artist's signature within the image in a different location.

1 Modern JapaneseWoodblock Prints - The Early Years, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1998, p. 89.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #418
 Title Series Introduction
 Series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fuji sanjūrokukei no uchi 富士三十六景ノ内)
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000) (it is not confirmed that Tokuriki designed this introductory sheet to the series)
 Date 1940, September
 Edition original (first) edition
 Publisher  Uchida Bijutsu Shoten
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - slight foxing and soiling; two spots top corners verso from previous folio mounting
 Genre shin hanga (new print)
 Format horizontal oban
 H x W Paper 11 3/8 x 16 1/4 in. (28.9 x 41.3 cm)
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