Fuji san
 

Let the beauty of this mountain speak for itself through the wonderful artists that have depicted Fuji san

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Fuji-san (Mt.Fuji) :

In our collection we have only selected the very best paintings of Mount Fuji by some wonderful artists

Fuji-san is Japan's highest mountain, and one of Japans most famous icons.
Fuji-san
is one of Japan's three sacred mountains and has been an object of worship since ancient times. In the Edo period (1603-1867) in particular, it was frequently climbed as an expression of faith.
Its grandeur and beauty have fascinated many Japanese artists, who have left behind some outstanding works of art. There is, for example, the outstanding work called the "Fugaku (Fuji-san) Sanjurokkei  or the 36 views of Fuji by the ukiyoe artist Katsushika Hokusai, which contains masterpieces like "Akafuji" which is known throughout the world.
Mount Fuji is depicted towering above the landscape in a reddish glow. The foot of the mountain is wooded with pine trees. It contrasts starkly against the dark-blue sky, dotted with white clouds. However, to see Mount Fuji in red is a rarity. The volcano has to be seen at a special time of day, with the right weather conditions. These conditions only occur perhaps three times a year, and a year can go by without one red Fuji being seen. This is why many artists and photographers challenge themselves to find, photograph or paint Fuji in red as Katsushika Hokusai did in the 19th century, but it takes a lot of patience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Akafuji by Hokusai

Homage to Hokusai-Red Fuji san. (See lower down the page) A modern take (1980)

 

 

 

The magnificent antique hand painted works of art show the Japanese style of painting at its very best. Some of these scrolls are very old and in some cases these have been completely restored where the original mounts were beyond repair. The original ends and boxes have been retained but the silk mounts have been replaced with similar colours to the original. Nothing has been altered with the actual painting.



Keii-Ito Hironaga Fujisan. Also known in translation as Keii Itaya Hironaga-1760-1814. A sumiyoshi painter. The son and student of
Itaya Keishu Hiromasa. Younger brother of Sumiyoshio Hiroyuki. Keii served as 'goyo-esjhi to the Shogunate court
using the 'go' Keii as his Buddhist name when he entered the court

Painted by a great master Sold

 

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Kano Yasunobu (Seisen'in; 1796-1846)  8th generation Kano artist of the Kobikicho branch of the Kano Shool, late Edo period.

Son of Kano Isen'in. Kano Yasunobu or Osanobu (1796-1846), who used the sobriquet or the "studio name" Seisen'in, was the ninth-generation head of one of the four main Kano Ateliers. ...Was commissioned by the Tokugawa Shogunate to paint the wall of the Edo Castle after the fire in 1839 and again in 1845. He chose to go back to the classical style of painting from the Kamakura-Yamato-e for which he had studied diligently from hand scrolls of the period

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Delicate rendering of Fuji san. Painted circa 1838. Spectacular composition and precise, graceful brush strokes. Signed/stamped.

Comes with kiri wood tomobako storage box. £700

 


Soho 'Fuji in Spring' 41 x 24 Painted in1850 This is an outstanding example of Fujisan in Sumei painting. A case of less is more.
While the scroll mounts are old I felt that these were acceptable. I can remount this scroll if the buyer prefers. The cost for that will be £95
With  box. £210

Two Pines and Fujisan by Gakasui.54x28

Painted by Gakusai a very atmospheric image of Fuji san coming out of the clouds with two pines in the front. Beautiful understanding of perspective £240 NM


 



Tsunate Mifune(1876-1941)". Fujisan

During his life he became a very famous Japanese painter.
Mifune was born and worked in Okayama.
He studied under "Gyokusho Kawabata", and was extremely well respected. With a box, £275

Original mounts. Small water stain near foot of painting. However this does not detract from this wonderful painting



Sadakata (Sakata) Kaiseki (1882-1967c) also known as Youkei.

Inscription: From the view of Kyono (A place in Shizuoka where you can see one side of Mt. Fuji)

Youkei saku or made by Youkei, seal (top) say the seal of Sadakata, and the bottom is Youkei.

The artist painted this ethereal image of Fuji-san in Clouds 51.7x28 . £225
including the Pauwlana Wood box for this wonderful painting by a great artist

Sadakata (Sakata) Kaiseki (1882-1967c) also known as Youkei was born in Okayama prefecture and educated at Kansai Gakuin University. He studied under Kyose Shoseki and became his son-in-law. He went abroad to France and entered the Salon d'automne exhibition where established artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir threw their support behind this exhibition from its inception in 1905. The major  French artists of the early period such as Auguste Rodin displayed several drawings. Since its inception, the greats and future greats of the art world such as Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso have been shown here. An obvious magnet for young artists from around the world including Japan

Later in life Kaiseki created hanga or woodblock prints. Initially not much of his life was known and he was thought to have passed away sometime after 1933.

However, Kaiseki has changed his artist name 3 times and this beautiful painting was created during the 1930s when Kaiseki was living in Tokyo's Bunkyo ward until when he moved back to Okayama during the war. Kaiseki was known to have favored to paint Mt. Fuji many times during his life. During the years when he used the name Youkei, centered his Mt. Fuji in his paintings and used more landscapes compared to his earlier works where there were more genre paintings with Mt. Fuji in the background.


This is an almost modernist image of Fuji 53x24 around 1910 £185
The artist for this painting is Yuko and he painted this in the very early part of the 1900's


'Fuji San early morning light' by the famous Painter Taikan Yokoyama . He was a very famous painter living between 1868-1958 58.3x25 
However this is a hand made screened edition from the early part of the 20th century  and partially hand painted by the artist.
This  is a beautifully rendered image on outstanding Silk mounts. With a hand made lacquered box on dark brown £165
28x55. A perfect scroll for a Bonsai Exhibition or for your home
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The beautiful and elicate brushwork of Suiho

Suihō painted this almost ethereal vision of Fujisan in the 1960's 45x24 inches £180


   

Fuji Grey Peak scroll poem|:

Sages come at ease and play with the clouds outside of our world.  

Painted by Kin Sekishin in 1950.

Including box £170


Ishikawa Ryujo (1847-1927) original artists box

Ishikawa Ryujo (1847-1927) Born in Aichi, taught under Yoshida Kado painted this around 1885 with the original artists box £365


The Thatched Teahouse In old Pines under FujiSan 1910 74x23.1 Restored Silk Mounts. A delightful composition with fantastic Pines and a warm inviting cottage. I was very pleased with the restoration of this delicate and subtly coloured painting. £195
 


 

Fuji san and two OiMatsui Old Pines 1900 Newly restored with box £185



 

Chikuha Odake (Odate). He was a famous painter living in 1878-1936.
Born in N
iigata prefecture
. His teacher was Gyokusho Kawabata, Unseki Sasada.

This painting dates from 1920 and is painted on silk. It comes with a wooden box. £225UNDER OFFER




Takahashi Shuka (1878-1952) painted this very elegant view of Fuji san in clouds around 1900.
The painting was carefully restored and sympathetically remounted with the original ends. With box £245


A Herd of Cranes fly under Mount Fuji by Kishimoto

The term Herd is applied to a group of cranes.

A stunning old vintage scroll signed by the master Kishimoto who has also made a box for this wonderful painting of a Herd of Tsuru-a flock of Japanese Red Crested Cranes is called a Herd. Kishimoto painted Fuji san in the background. The box and painting has the artists seal and is dated Showa 41 -1966 AD


Measurements : 72.5cm by 141.5cm / 28.5" by 55.7"
Material of the roller ends : Bone.
Technique : Hand painted on Paper.

£350 ($500) with original signed box.

 


A series of wonderful images of the famous Red Fuji.

From our introduction:

To see Mount Fuji in red is a rarity. The volcano has to be seen at a special time of day, in summer with the right weather conditions. These conditions only occur perhaps three times a year, and a year can go by without one red Fuji being seen. This is why many artists and photographers challenge themselves to find, photograph or paint Fuji in red as Katsushika Hokusai did in the 19th century, but it takes a lot of patience

Red Fuji san. Homage to Hokusai. A truly beautiful painting with great power and would be wonderful for a Bonsai or a Suiseki display background. This is a short scroll 28.4 x 55.7 inches with box. £210.


Red Fuji  Screen Print with Box £140  Shoko  71X139.7cm 27.9X55 1

From our introduction:

To see Mount Fuji in red is a rarity. The volcano has to be seen at a special time of day, with the right weather conditions. These conditions only occur perhaps three times a year, and a year can go by without one red Fuji being seen. This is why many artists and photographers challenge themselves to find, photograph or paint Fuji in red as Katsushika Hokusai did in the 19th century, but it takes a lot of patience


Red Fuji . Artist as yet unknown 67.8X 126cm 26.6 x 49.6inches A short scroll that has been screen printed and partially hand painted by the artist. £155. . Including Box


 

Red Fujj and Pines. The title simply means "red Fuji" - occasionally at dawn in late summer the whole mountain seen from the East can appear red, and this has been taken as a good omen. This picture is full of good-luck symbolism including the evergreen pines that promise longevity.
This is an outstanding image with great depth and an image that seems to touch the soul. This is one of the great images of Red Fuji. £190 with box

71x140cm 27.9x55.1inches

From our introduction:

To see Mount Fuji in red is a rarity. The volcano has to be seen at a special time of day, with the right weather conditions. These conditions only occur perhaps three times a year, and a year can go by without one red Fuji being seen. This is why many artists and photographers challenge themselves to find, photograph or paint Fuji in red as Katsushika Hokusai did in the 19th century, but it takes a lot of patience


Red Fuji by Kozuki. £155 Screened and part hand painted by the artist . With Box

From our introduction:

To see Mount Fuji in red is a rarity. The volcano has to be seen at a special time of day, with the right weather conditions. These conditions only occur perhaps three times a year, and a year can go by without one red Fuji being seen. This is why many artists and photographers challenge themselves to find, photograph or paint Fuji in red as Katsushika Hokusai did in the 19th century, but it takes a lot of patience

 

 

 


Fuji san and Haigu-poem  012 53.5X192cm 21X 75.2

      

 

 


Fujisan in Golden Clouds. A uniquely beautiful silk painting with gold highlights in the clouds. Painted by Scroll Artist Gyokuhu in 1975.

The size is 73x23.1 inches and comes with a hand made wood scroll box from the artist All in excellent condition £195

He painted another similar version of this scene of Fuji San and I have both versions in the collection.



 
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GYOKUSHO. Fuji and herd of cranes, painted in 1910 Recently restored this wonderful and beautifully painted image of Fujisan by Gyokusho (also sometimes known as  Yu Zhang )65.1x20.5 . This is a outstanding image full of depth with a flight of cranes in the clouds around Fuji San. £225 Includes box

Kawabata Gyokusho (April 18 1842- February 14, 1913)

An exquisite and beautiful painting, signed with the artists name and signed and sealed on the reverse

Kawabata Gyokusho (1842-1913) was born in Kyoto City Takakura Nijo Kawaramachi on April 14, 1842 (The 13th year of Tenpo) as Ryunosuke, the son of Kawabata Sahei a lacquer artisan who did maki-e. He learned Chinese poetry from his father and as well as the craft of maki-e. Around 1852 (the fifth year of Kaei) Gyokusho learns Maruyama painting style from Nakajima Raisho and learned Chinese and Japanese philosophy, culture, and history as well as interpreting art from Oda Kaisen. In 1866 (the second year of Keio) Gyokusho moves to Edo and makes a living making kaleidoscopes and woodblock print fold outs for magazines and learns Western style painting.  Gyokusho at that time earns his first award at the Naikoku kangyo Exhibiton under the naikoku Kaiga kyoushinkai. His skills were admired by Okakura Tenshin and asks Kawabata Gyokusho to be his school, the Tokyo Arts Academy (Now Tokyo University of the Fine Arts) to be its professor and serves from 1888 (21st year of Meiji) until 1912 (the 45th year of Meiji). Gyokusho submitted art to the Nihon Kaiga kyoka who were a group who did contemporary works as well as the Nihon Bijutsu Kyokai who were mainly for the older styles. As being a centre figure of the older school group he was selected to paint the cedar doors of the imperial palace in 1888. His works combine the Maruyama school with Western realist styles and during his latter years he experimented with Bunjin styles. In the latter part of the 19th century, Kawabata Gyokusho participates with the Imperial Art board (Teishitsy gigei in) and in 1909 establishes his own art school. In 1897 he is part of the board for the historical preservation of temples and shrines as well as a member who examines and appraises items to be selected to become national treasures. He was known for his efforts in preserving ancient art and had wide influence within artists circles. Gyokusho was also known by his other names, Kyotei and Sho-ou (his choice for Sho-ou, the character shou if the sections of the character are separated is the same as Gyokusho) His son Kawabata Shigeaki was also an artist including Kawabata Gyokusetsu (a member of the family) Shigeaki inherits the school and becomes the second generation. His Grandson, Kawabata Minoru was an artist specialising in oil paintings and was in New York as a researcher, painter, and teacher at the New York School for Social Research.


Grey Fuji 81x23 1950 £195 With Box



Blue Fuji:

To see Mount Fuji in blue is also a rarity. The volcano has to be seen at a special time of day, during winter with the right weather conditions. These conditions only occur perhaps three times a year, and a year can go by without one Red Fuji or Blue Fuji being seen. This is why many artists and photographers challenge themselves to find, photograph or paint Fuji in Blue.

 


 

Blue Fuji £195 recently restored. With Box



Painted  by So'u this ethereal image of a Blue Fuji with the rising sun peeking above the cloud blanket that shelters Fujisan. A great painting. Including box 50x29 Sold

To see Mount Fuji in blue is also a rarity. The volcano has to be seen at a special time of day, during winter with the right weather conditions. These conditions only occur perhaps three times a year, and a year can go by without one Red Fuji or Blue Fuji being seen. This is why many artists and photographers challenge themselves to find, photograph or paint Fuji in Blue.

 


Fuji san Green Blue. A Sumei ink painting in a Zen style and dates from the 16th century. It was probably restored in Japan some time ago.

The size is 48x28-
£175



Fuji san, Matsu no Taka: Fuji, Pine and Hawk
This is a lovely image of Fuji san  with old pines in the foreground. A Japanese Hawk, Taka, sits on a top branch looking out over its domain. The artist has included a signed box with this wonderful scroll . I will try and research the artist. More details when that happens. £195 23x72 inches


 

Hanzan Fuji san no Matsu Asahai Tsuru- Mount Fuji Pines and Rising Sun with a herd of Cranes c.1960

23.3 x 72.2 £210 with Box

Matsukawa Hanzan (1922 - 1997)


 



Before restoration                                        After restoration

Fuji san Miho no Matsubara in the early morning mist. Pine Grove
Miho no Matsubara (Miho Pine Grove) is a scenic area located on the Miho Peninsula in Shizuoka, Japan.
It is renowned as a seashore with beautiful green pine trees and white sands
spanning over seven kilometres.
It has a great scenic view of Mount Fuji and the Izu Peninsula across Suruga Bay.
It is a wonderful scene that has been painted by Japanese artists for centuries
60.8x205.5cm 23.9x 80.9.inches A wonderful and very elegant image. While not the same , the painting that I am presently restoring at the foot of this page has a similar theme.

Scroll top and bottom mountings has now been restored and a box has been created from Antique Kimono silk from the same period as the painting. £225



 

 

 

 

Fuji san at dawn. This is a mid 20th century painting with exceptional elegance. The silk mounts have been carefully blended to work very beautifully with the painting. The gentle pink red of the sky at dawn sets of the snow capped sides of Fuji very well.

Size 44.6 x24.8 This is in very good and original condition. A very good scroll for a Bonsai Display. £175 including  Pauwlana Wood Box
 



 

TAISHU painted this rare and evocative image of Fujisan at dawn light £255 inc box

Not many paintings by Taishu exist and this is a rare example.
Painted in colour on silk with silk mounts.
Tiny staining on the scroll mounts but otherwise in very good condition
Depicting Mt' FUJI at dawn
Signed TAISHU


This remarkable scroll painting was recently restored. It is a very old image of Fujisan seen from the sea .Circa 1500. Ready mid September 2011

The mounts are grey but our camera shows this grey as blue-not sure why

The antique kimono silk covered box has been made for this scroll

Before restoration below

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Fuji san Miho no Matsubara

Miho no Matsubara (Miho Pine Grove) is a scenic area located on the Miho Peninsula in Shizuoka, Japan.
It is renowned as a seashore with beautiful green pine trees and white sands
spanning over seven kilometres.
It has a great scenic view of Mount Fuji and the Izu Peninsula across Suruga Bay.
It is a wonderful scene that has been painted by Japanese artists for centuries

Postcard of the same view dating from circa 1880/1890


and now something extra special. Of great historical value as well.


This painting had lost the mountings so I remounted this onto suitable silk mounts and with Ivory scroll ends from the same period. It comes with a Pauwlana box Tombako and a Niju Bako- double lacquered wood box. The painting size on the scroll will be 21¾ inches wide by 50 inches long.

NIJU BAKO or Double Box. The inner box is plain while the outer box is lacquered. Only used for very rare scrolls.

£1200

Kano Tanyu (1602-1674) A view of Fujisan through morning clouds painted c 1640

Tan'yū was accomplished, in this style of monochrome ink painting based on the prototypical style of the Muromachi period, yamato-e compositions in a style similar to that of the Tosa school, and Chinese style scrolls

 

Kanō Tan'yū (狩野 探幽?, 4 March 1602 - 4 November 1674) was one of the foremost Japanese painters of the Kanō school. His original given name was Morinobu; he was the eldest son of Kanō Takanobu and grandson of Kanō Eitoku. Many of the most famous and widely known Kanō works today are by Tan'yū.

Example of a double box Niju Bako Tombako

In 1617, Tan'yū was appointed by the Tokugawa shogunate to become one of the shogunate's official artists. Over the following years, he was given many highly prestigious commissions. Over the 1620s and '30s, he created a number of large-scale works for Edo Castle, Nijō Castle, Osaka Castle, Nagoya Castle, and Nikkō Tōshō-gū.

Prolific in a variety of painting styles, Tan'yū's most famous works are probably those he produced for these large-scale commissions. They are screens and panels, prime examples of the Momoyama style, depicting natural subjects such as tigers, birds and plants, in bright colors and with extensive use of gold leaf. The gold, often used to represent clouds, water, or other background elements, would reflect what little light was available indoors, brightening a castle's dark rooms.

Tan'yū was also accomplished, however, in monochrome ink painting based on the prototypical style of the Muromachi period, yamato-e compositions in a style similar to that of the Tosa school, and Chinese style scrolls. His most famous yamato-e work is a narrative handscroll depicting the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun and major figure in Japanese history. It was after this commission, in 1640, that the artist first took on the "artist name" of Tan'yū.

In addition to being a highly honored and respected painter in his own right, Tan'yū was known as a collector and connoisseur of Chinese paintings. He made sketches and kept records of many of the paintings that passed through his studio, brought to him for authentication
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