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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) -Azuma asobi - Amusements of the Eastern Capital - Volume 2 only - 1802 Tsutaya Juzaburo

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) -Azuma asobi - Amusements of the Eastern Capital - Volume 2 only - 1802 Tsutaya Juzaburo

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Azuma asobi - Amusements of the Eastern Capital

-Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

-1802 - Published by Tsutaya Juzaburo. This is the first coloured edition following the uncoloured edition of 1799.

- Complete volume 2 (1 of 3 volumes) - 18 pages with two single page and eight double page illustrations.

-Size - 26x18cm

Condition: Faded mica and wear to original cover. Generally very good interiorly but some ink stains.

 

Azuma Asobi was a the name of a festival performed in Eastern Japan between the Spring equinox and Summer solstice.

Hokusai is best known for his great wave and his series on the Tokaido road. However he had a huge output, and this is a much earlier work in his career. The prominent use of reds and pinks in this volume are due to the lack of the ink Prussain Blue, which arrived in Japan around 1830, and would go on to define his later work.

 

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