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.
Benkei Moat from Soto-Sakurada to Kojimachi - Handsome view of Benkei Moat from Soto-Sakurada to Kojimachi. Samurai and beauties stroll along the gently curving road following the edge of the moat. At upper left, the entrance gate and walls of daimyo's palace can be seen, with pines towering above the rooftops. The blue of the water is a nice contrast with the green grass and trees. Nicely composed and attractively colored, with fine bokashi shading in the water and sky.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with beautiful color and fine detail. Each print with evidence of the light folder mount on the reverse at the edge from the publisher's original display folder. Exceptional condition.