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.
Mekawa Village near Ishibe - Terrific Hiroshige view of the station at Ishibe, one of the most isolated stops on the Tokaido. Men relax inside a teahouse and restaurant beneath tall trees. Porters and travelers gather in the street, a man in the center waving a fan as he performs a dance. In the distance, a mountain rises above the mists. A handsome subject with fine bokashi shading.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 13 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Vertical centerfold. A couple small holes along fold, repaired. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details.