The Date of Hokusai’s Great Wave – Hokusai and Aizurie Part IV
🇯🇵「神奈川沖浪裏」製作年考:
北斎と藍擦絵(其の四)

In the foregoing parts we have been investigating four series or groups of prints, two of them comprised of aizurie prints exclusively and two other groups with only a part printed as aizurie. In these four groups, we found three different phrasings of Hokusai’s signature, as follows: Hokusai aratame Iitsu (Hokusai changing his name to…

The Date of Hokusai’s Great Wave – Hokusai and Aizurie Part III
🇯🇵「神奈川沖浪裏」製作年考:
北斎と藍擦絵(其の三)

As far as I know, there are only three more examples of aizuri prints by Hokusai that need to be considered, and then we can try and see whether we can reach a conclusion on our original question: What is the date of the so-called Great Wave? This time we will focus on a group…

The Date of Hokusai’s Great Wave – Hokusai and Aizurie Part II
🇯🇵「神奈川沖浪裏」製作年考:
北斎と藍擦絵(其の弐)

As for prints in various tones of blue exclusively, so-called aizurie, a series of probably ten prints issued by the publisher Moriya Jihei is probably the best example. It was issued without any series or print titles, and was comprised of figures, landscapes, and subjects from nature. They are small format koban prints, roughly measuring…