The Famous Murmuring Pines at Hamamatsu, 1855

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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The Famous Murmuring Pines at Hamamatsu, 1855 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Famous Murmuring Pines at Hamamatsu, 1855

Series; Pictures of Famous Places on the Fifty-three Stations (Vertical Tokaido)

Pictures of Famous Places on the Fifty-three Stations (Vertical Tokaido) - Hiroshige's fantastic vertical Tokaido series was done in 1855 and represents a further evolution of his landscape design style, including some of his most modern designs. One of the striking features of this beautiful series was the vertical format, since the more common format for the landscape print was the horizontal. This unique approach allowed Hiroshige to experiment with the foreground and background contrasts that are typical of his work and seen in some of his other vertical landscape series. The concept for the vertical Tokaido grew out of the incredible popularity of the Hoeido Tokaido (his first Tokaido series). Hiroshige wanted to expand on the theme, as the public was very interested in his fascinating images of life and travels along the most important thoroughfare in Japan- the road from Edo to Kyoto. From the urban center of Edo, where the journey began, to the beautiful rural landscape of the provinces more far away, the series is a set of breathtaking illustrations of Edo period Japan.

The Famous Murmuring Pines at Hamamatsu, 1855 - Fantastic scene of a daimyo and his retainers pausing along the shore at Hamamatsu, which means "Pine Beach." The gnarled old pine trees make an impressive sight as white-capped waves crash along the beach in the foreground. A terrific composition with fine shading in the water.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Good detail. A few creases at edges and small repairs.

The Famous Murmuring Pines at Hamamatsu, 1855 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
The Famous Murmuring Pines at Hamamatsu, 1855 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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