by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Series; Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido
Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (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. He immediately returned to Edo after the trip and began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's Tokaido prints are an opportunity to be transported back in time to see this world as Hiroshige did in the shadow of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
The Imagiri Promontory from Maisaka - Peaceful view of the Imagiri Promontory from Maisaka. Boats dot the water, and sails can be seen at lower right above young pine trees on a slope. Wooden pilings extend above the water at left. Mt. Fuji appears in the distance at right, rendered with just embossing, an interesting detail. A handsome design with fine 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 - 7 1/2" x 12" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Light staining. Please see photos for details.