Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces - Published between 1853 and 1856 by Koshihei, Hiroshige's fantastic "Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces" series features sixty-nine prints, one for each of the sixty-six provinces of
The series represents a further development of Hiroshige's landscape print design, including some of his most modern compositions. The striking new use of a vertical format allowed Hiroshige to experiment with the foreground and background contrasts typical of his work, drawing the viewer in while at the same time implying a sense of great distance. The high vantage point of most of the designs allows for sweeping panoramas and expansive views of the beautiful countryside. Skillful bokashi shading also adds unusual depth to many of the images.
From bucolic rural views to busy urban centers, the series beautifully illustrates the Japanese countryside while capturing the flavor of life during the
Izumo Province, Taisha, Depiction of Hotohoto - Terrific Hiroshige scene depicting young women near the Izumo Shrine during hotohoto, a local New Year celebration in Izumo Province. During the festival, young people would dress in disguises and go from house to house to get small gifts. Here, three beauties have kimono draped over their heads and carry trays of fruit and greenery, pausing briefly to chat beneath tall trees. The background features more trees and figures, and a torii gate at right, all rendered in soft silhouette against a misty gray sky. A lovely, atmospheric design.
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 - 13 1/2" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.