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Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, (1760–1849)
The New Paddies at Ono in Suruga Province, c. 1829-1833
Ink on Paper
9 3/4 in. x 14 3/4 in. (247.65 mm x 374.65 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.101

Alternate Title: Fugaku sanju-rokkei: Sunshu, Ono shinden
Full Title: Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: The New Paddies at Ono in Suruga Province

On verso in pencil, lower left: 46.1.101, Hokusai, Jo IX 68. Signed: Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu. Censor's seal: Kiwame.

Nishiki-e, horizontal oban; colored ink on paper.

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock print depicting early morning in the marshy patties of Ono, with mist rising from the wet grasses while waterfowl skim the surface of the water. Fuji solemnly rises through the mist to the sky; it touches the upper edge of the picture. This ethereal landscape dramatically contrasts with the human activity revealed in the foreground. A group of farmers leads five oxen laden with mountainous bundles of reeds, while two women carry smaller bundles of grass on their backs. They have finished their morning labors and are going home for breakfast.

"New Fields' was a name applied to fields recently brought under cultivation. During the Edo period, the shogun and local governments made an effort to expand arable lands in order to support an increasing population, and also to increase taxable lands. Wild or marshy lands were reclaimed. The "New Fields of Ono" must depict an expanse of such marshy land being cultivated, perhaps for reeds.

The simple design with fewer landscape elements successfully depicts a benevolent nature that embraces human life. The color scheme is also simple; a single shade of blue dominates, except for the pink sky on the right flank of Fuji and broad brown areas of reeds and oxen.

(Ref: Hokusai and Hiroshige, p.97).

Eijudo (Nishimura-ya Yohachi) seal.

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