Asakusa River, Great Riverbank, Miyato River, 1857

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Asakusa River, Great Riverbank, Miyato River, 1857 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
Asakusa River, Great Riverbank, Miyato River, 1857

Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

One Hundred Famous Views of Edo - In 1856, Hiroshige began designing what was to be his last great series and a masterpiece, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo." The series contains 118 vertical format woodblocks of classic Hiroshige landscapes. From spring cherry blossoms to summer fireworks, from quiet scenes along the river to lively festival celebrations, Hiroshige captures life in old Edo in dramatic and interesting ways. Hiroshige employed an inventive compositional technique in many of the prints, using large foreground elements to frame a distant view in the background, such as the image of Kinryuzan Temple seen through the doorway of the famous Thunder Gate. Beautifully printed with fine bokashi shading, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" retains its popularity today as one of Hiroshige's great masterworks, and includes some of his most memorable images.

Asakusa River, Great Riverbank, Miyato River, 1857 - Intriguing viewpoint looking out at the Sumida River from just under the Ryogoku Bridge. Just visible are the heads of Mount Oyama pilgrims returning from ablutions under the bridge prior to making the pilgrimage to the mountain shrine. At left, a large bonten or ritual purification wand dominates the scene, the folded paper strips fluttering in the breeze. Interestingly, the title names all refer to the same river: the Sumida. A handsome view of this summer rite, nicely detailed with fine bokashi shading in the water and sky.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 13" x 8 5/8"

Condition - Nice detail. Small repair, small lightly rubbed spot.

Asakusa River, Great Riverbank, Miyato River, 1857 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Asakusa River, Great Riverbank, Miyato River, 1857 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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