by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Series; Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (The Great Tokaido)
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.
Spring Rain at Tsuchiyama, circa 1833 - 1834 - Dramatic depiction of a daimyo's procession crossing a bridge under a heavy spring rain. The driving raindrops slant across the scene, the swollen river at right cascading towards the bridge. The grove of dark trees at upper left and the dark sky add an ominous feeling to the image. This fantastic composition is considered one of the best of the series. A terrific, atmospheric design with beautiful bokashi shading and traces of mica at the top of the sky.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 13 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. A few small holes, repaired. Light toning, soiling, and spotting. Please see photos for details.