by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
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.
This Complete Book - Published in 1918 by Yoshikawa Kobunkan, this complete book features 28 reprints of the best images from Hiroshige's "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo." Attractively colored and finely detailed, the group includes the famous "New Year's Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Oji," "Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake," "Inside Kameido Tenjin Shrine," and "Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo." Each design is accompanied by a text page. The book features a traditional stab binding with paper covers. Dated Taisho 7 (1918). This fine old reprint book is a wonderful opportunity to collect a group of some of Hiroshige's most memorable designs.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Size - Image 8 1/4" x 5 3/8" + margins as shown; overall 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 3/8"
Condition - Prints with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. A few prints have a couple small spots or marks. Please see photos for details. Generally in nice condition overall.
Examples from the Book
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