Sado Province, the Goldmines

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Sado Province, the Goldmines by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Sado Province, the Goldmines

Series; Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces

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 Japan, plus Edo and the two major islands. The series includes some of Hiroshige's most famous designs, such as his dramatic view of the whirlpools at Naruto.

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 Edo era.

Sado Province, the Goldmines - Terrific view of the entrance to the goldmines in Sado Province. While it was known the region contained gold, these mines near the Ai River weren't mined until 1600, when they became a major source of funds for the shogun. The cave-like entrances to the tunnels open onto a flat area, with streams of water flowing from each tunnel. A few workmen carrying picks and baskets are dwarfed by the enormous size of the mountain, which reaches to the upper edge of the scene. An intriguing perspective, detailed with beautiful bokashi shading.

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 9" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Some faint soiling. Please see photos for details.

Sado Province, the Goldmines by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Sado Province, the Goldmines by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)