Series; Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji
Hiroshige's Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji - In Japan, Mt. Fuji is a sacred place and a symbol of the country itself. Rising majestically near the center of Japan, Fuji dominates the landscape and the Japanese national identity. Hiroshige completed designs for his last series, "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji," in 1858. Following a tradition established by Hokusai, Hiroshige’s wonderful series show the mountain in each of the four seasons, from a variety of vantage points. Hiroshige utilized a vertical full oban format to create dramatic and breathtaking views of this most revered landmark. Views range from the urban city center of Edo to cherry blossom viewing in a small village and the fantastic crashing wave at Awa. Seen less frequently than some of his more well-known series, "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji" ranks as one of Hiroshige's best vertical format series.
Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Mt. Asuka in the Eastern Capital - Wonderful image from the environs of Edo of springtime on Mt. Asuka. Visitors admire the blossoming cherry trees in the foreground and the view of Mt. Fuji in the distance. Along the edge of the gently sloping hill, a row of blue umbrellas can be seen as a procession makes its way toward the top. Beyond the procession, small shops line the road to Asuka. A lovely spring subject with beautiful color.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details. Excellent overall.