Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto along the Tokaido road. The journey was an eye opening and life changing experience for him. As an urban man of Edo he had experienced life mainly in the capital. He immediately returned to Edo after the trip and began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's Tokaido prints are an opportunity to be transported back in time to see this world as Hiroshige did in the shadow of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Early Departure from the Main Camp at Seki - Terrific illustration of a daimyo party in the early morning, preparing to leave their overnight lodgings and depart once again on their journey down the Tokaido. The building at left is shadowed in gray, with a few yakko or footmen gathered at the entrance, one tying on his hat while the other two smoke a last pipe before leaving. A group of samurai wait near the gate, and pine trees frame a view of the dark gray sky. A wonderful, atmospheric image.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 13 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Very nice condition overall.