by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
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.
Minami-Shinagawa and Samezu Coast, 1857 - Terrific view of the Samezu Coast along Edo Bay, with the Tsukuba Mountains along the horizon. In the distance, fishing boats work the coast and out into the bay. In the foreground, women in boats harvest seaweed from long sticks that the seaweed was cultivated on in the shallow water. Beautiful deep blue color and fine bokashi shading in the water and sky.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper and remargined on three edges. Small loss, a couple holes, repaired. Slight toning. Please see photos for details.
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