Hiroshige’s Great Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (present-day 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. After the trip, he returned to Edo and immediately began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's first Tokaido series is also known as the "Great Tokaido," or the "Hoeido Tokaido," after the publisher Hoeido. Hiroshige returned to this favorite subject again and again, creating many additional Tokaido series. Published circa 1833 - 1834, Hiroshige's famous Great Tokaido designs offer an opportunity to be transported back in time to see Japan as it was during the days of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Twilight at Numazu, circa 1833 - 1834 - Wonderful design depicting three travelers making their way along the road to the village of Numazu. The full moon can be seen between the branches of the tall trees, and the river is quiet, ships already anchored near the shore for the evening. One of the travelers carries a mask of Sarudahiko, the god of the road. A beautiful night scene.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 13 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Remargined. Small loss, repaired. Wrinkling at edges. Please see photos for details.
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