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.
Distant View of Mount Akiba at Kakegawa, circa 1833 - 1834 - Handsome view of travelers crossing an earthen bridge at Kakegawa on a windy day, kites flying above. A young boy in a tie-dyed robe dances about excitedly as he watches a kite flying high above, and another sailing off across the sky trailing its string. Farmers are busy in the rice paddies at right, and the dark form of Mt. Akiba looms in the distance. A terrific composition with wonderful detail and fine bokashi shading.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 7/8" x 13 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Remnants of paper hinge mounts on reverse at top corners. Slight separation at ends of vertical centerfold, holes in two corners, repaired. Slight soiling, a few spots and marks. Please see photos for details.
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