Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎), (1760–1849).
“Burst of Light” (descriptive title only), 1845, woodblock from the album, “The Life of Shakyamuni Illustrated” (aka 釈迦御一代記図会巻六; “Shaka goichidaiki zue kan roku”; “La vie de Bouddha”), volume 4 (of 6 volumes), published in Kyoto by Echigoya Jihei (越後屋治兵衛).
For those who share my interest in the substance of the text accompanying the illustrations to this album, I used the Google Translate tool to translate into English some of the lines. Whether the translation is accurate or not I cannot verify, but the following translation of a sample of the Japanese text may give a hint at the flavour of the discussion: “The prince and the prince open their hearts to the wisdom of each sword. Soon, the sky is leaked three times, and the child's hometown is separated” (see https://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16028coll7/id/18810/rec/1).
Woodblock printed in black ink on fine washi paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 24 x 28.6 cm; (image borderline) 17.7 x 25.5 cm.
Condition: a well-printed impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate in excellent/near pristine condition with no tears, holes, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.
I am selling this fascinating woodblock print showing Hokusai’s creative vision of what I believe to be a burst of sunlight over an aerial view of a landscape (my apologies if I am wrong), for the total cost of AU$239 (currently US$176.96/EUR149.12/GBP128.34 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.
If you are interested in purchasing this startlingly inventive original woodblock print by the almost legendary Hokusai, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold