Umezawa Hamlet-fields in Sagami Province
By Katsushika Hokusai
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Medium: woodcut/woodblock/ukiyo-e, woodblock
Edition size: n/a
Sheet size: 25 by 37 cm
the juni-aizuri-e ('semi-all-blue print') with just a touch of pale pink in the clouds; signed Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu, published by Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudo) ca. 1830-31
oban yoko-e 9 7/8 by 14 5/8 in., 25 by 37 cm
In his article, Hokusai and the Blue Revolution published in Hokusai And His Age, Henry Smith groups this design among the first ten aizuri-e released from the series. He further theorizes that this was part of a batch of five prints completed at the time of the New Year in 1831.
For comparison with two similar impressions in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, see www.mfa.org, acquisition numbers 21.5389 (ex. Gookin Collection and ex. Spaulding Collection) and 11.17622 (ex. Bigelow Collection).