#15 Kajikazawa in Kai Province

#15 Kajikazawa in Kai Province
Item# 36-views-of-mt-fuji-15-kajikazawa

Woodblock Prints Title: Kajikazawa in Kai Province (K˘shű Kajikazawa), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjűrokkei)

Publication: November 1830

Size: Horizontal ˘ban; 26.2 x 38.7 cm (10 5/16 x 15 1/4 in.)

Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijud˘)

Signature: Zen Saki no Hokusai Hitsu 前北斎為一筆

Notes: This print is part of the first five print made of the series.

Original: 1st state. Known as the pure Aizuri-e, an all blue print using the freshly arrive new color from Europe, the Prussian Blue. -This is the first and only printing. Edited at 200 or less copies.

Estimated Value: Ref # 36V15

Second State: The Juni-aizuri-e, also known as the blue outline. The print is more colorful. The title, signature and main outlines are blue.

If you compare the blue outline and the pure aizuri-e, in the sky area, you will see that in the pure aizuri-e, the blue colored clouds are on the right side of the mount Fuji, fading through the mountain toward the left side. While in the blue outline, the pink colored clouds are on the left side of the Mt Fuji, fading toward the right side of the mountain. As you can see, the green color might fade, turning into blue in the ground area of the print. The reason behind that color change is that the green is made by mixing the yellow with the blue color. The yellow color is placed first by one block, then later, the blue color is apposed on top of the yellow, creating the green color. However, as the yellow is very fragile and light sensitive, it fades, turning the green back to the original blue.

Please, note that in that print, even if the red and pink would also fade, you cannot turn this print into a pure aizuri-e state, as the clouds in the mountains are made in blue, and the red would not turn into a blue. It would simply be empty.

Estimated Value: Ref # 36V15a

Third State: The black Outline

The title and signature are in black ink. The mount fuji, and all the keyblock lines are in black. Please, note that the black outline state is using a different set of blocks from the blue outline edition.

Estimated Value: Ref # 36V15b

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