#1 Under the Wave off Kanagawa

#1 Under the Wave off Kanagawa
Item# view-one-kanagawaoki-namiura

Woodblock Prints Title: Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa-oki nami-ura)

Publication: 1831

Size: Horizontal ˘ban; 25.8 x 38 cm (10 3/16 x 14 15/16 in.)

Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijud˘)

Signature: Hokusai Aratame Hitsu ("From the brush of Hokusai, who changed his name to Hitsu")

Notes: This print is the most iconic print from Hokusai.

Original: 1st state. known as the Blue Outline. 4 originals from different sources. Around 1,000 copies originally printed. The early edition have more pronounced lines, while in later printing, the lines are not continuous in the boxes where the title is. When the colors fade, especially the yellow, the clouds are disappearing from the sky and become more uniform. Less than 100 known copies are left.

Estimated Value: Ref # 36V1

2st state. known as the Black Outline. 2 Originals from different sources. It differs from the Blue outline, as the main key block uses black ink instead of blue ink. The difference is obvious when looking at the lines around the title. Estimated Value: Ref # 36V1a

Other Versions:

1/Unidentified Replica 1890's (Printing company has been identified, but name not confirmed yet)

Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original for comparison. 1/ Blue Section more "bumpy"
2/ Water Drops are significantly different
3/ Hook of the wave is unfinished
4/ 2 Extra Water Drops

This print is most likely the best replica ever made of this print. All the water drops are matching the position of the original, and most of the lines are correct to a point where you need a magnifier to review the exact shape of the water drops for comparison. Paper is definitely Edo era. Although not original, definitely designed to fool.

Estimated Value: Ref # 36V1b

2/ Enji Takamizawa Replica 1890's

Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original for comparison.

1/ only 1 layer of dark blue and 2 of blue sky. Also missing Water Drops in the dark blue
2/ Water Drops are smaller than the original.
3/ Bigger Blue dark stain than in the original

The paper is thin like an edo era print, but the paper is different from the original. Later editions of this replica has a thicker paper. Estimated Value: Ref # 36V1c

3/ Unidentified Replica 1920's (Most Likely Adachi)

Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original for comparison. 1/ Very strong clouds design. Most originals are faded
2/ Wave design not even close to the original
3/ tiny strip of dark blue between 2 layers of sky blue
4/ Big Water Drop missing

Paper is thicker, like a Shin Hanga. Estimated Value: Ref # 36V1d

4/ Wanatabe Shazoburo's Replica 1930's

Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original for comparison. 1/ Wanatabe Seal
2/ Blue are touching each other in Wanatabe's, while the original are separated
3/ Dark blue section is touching the white section while the original has some blue sky in between

Paper is thicker, like a Shin Hanga. Estimated Value: Ref # 36V1e

5/ Unidentified Replica 1910's

Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original for comparison. 1/ The shape of the sky blue section should be C shaped. this copy is more Z shaped and should have a white section that should go back almost to the margin.
2/ The white dots should be white, not blue sky colored
3/ The sky blue section should not reach the dark blue section. There should be a strip of white in between.
4/ The upper tip of the wave is too straight. It should be more S shaped

Estimated Value: Ref # 36V1e