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.
The Sarugababa (Monkey Plateau) Rest Stop at Futakawa, circa 1833 - 1834 - Charming scene of three itinerant musicians approaching a teahouse at Futakawa, carrying their instruments on their backs. The traditional thatched roof teahouse provided a place for travelers to rest and enjoy a cup of tea and sweet rice cakes. A slope dotted with small cedar trees fills the background, evidence of the poor soil in the area which allowed very little else to grow, with the grassy Sarugababa Plain stretching into the distance at left. An interesting composition with soft bokashi shading.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 7/8" x 14" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Remnants of paper hinge mounts on reverse at top corners, slight paper remnants on reverse at vertical centerfold. Holes in two corners, repaired. Slight soiling, a few small spots and marks. Please see photos for details.
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