Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849

Wondrous Views of Famous Bridges in All the Provinces: Kintai Bridge, Suo Province
(Shokoku Meikyo Kiran: Suo-no-Kuni Kintai-Bashi)

travelers bow under a light rain as they cross the repeating arches of the Kintai Bridge, in the distance low clouds begin to obscure a mountain; signed zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu, with publisher's seal Eijudo (Nishimura Yohachi) and censor's kiwame seal, ca. 1834.

oban yoko-e 10 by 14 1/2 in., 25.3 by 36.7 cm

There are only eleven known designs for this series illustrating famous bridges. The Kintai-bashi, or 'Bridge of the Brocade Sash,' spanning the Iwakuni River, was considered one of Japan's most unusual bridges. The castle on the opposite bank is that of the daimyo of Yoshikawa.

J. Hillier, Hokusai: Paintings, Drawings and Woodcuts, 1955, no. 66
Seiji Nagata, Hokusai: Genius of the Japanese Ukiyo-e, 1995, p. 48, no. 46
Gian Carlo Calza, Hokusai: Il vecchio pazzo per la pittura, 1999, p. 340, no. V.47.9
Gian Carlo Calza, Hokusai, 2003, p. 284, no. v.47.9

Katherine Martin, Highlights of Japanese Printmaking: Part One, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, 2005, no. 29



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