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
Aki Province: Itsukushima, Depiction of a Festival, 1853 - Terrific view of the waters surrounding Itsukushima, location of a famous Shinto temple whose deities protect seamen. In the foreground, the famous 160 meter high torii gate towers above the water. Boats decorated for the festival dot the bay beyond, the one at right topped with a phoenix. A striking design with soft bokashi shading on the water and sky.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Small losses, tears, and holes, repaired. A few creases, stain at edge. Please see photos for details.
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