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 Bridge Over the Toyokawa River at Yoshida, circa 1833 - 1834 - Beautiful view looking out over the Toyokawa River at Yoshida. Construction workers are busy on a tower at right, with one man surveying the view from the bamboo scaffolding and another using a trowel. Dolphin ornaments top the tiled roofs. Fine bokashi shading in the water.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 9" x 13 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Remnants of paper hinge mounts on reverse at top edge. Vertical centerfold. A couple holes in margins, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few light creases. Please see photos for details.