by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Series; Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces
Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces - Published between 1853 and 1856 by Koshihei, Hiroshige's fantastic "Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces" series features sixty-nine prints, one for each of the sixty-six provinces of
The series represents a further development of Hiroshige's landscape print design, including some of his most modern compositions. The striking new use of a vertical format allowed Hiroshige to experiment with the foreground and background contrasts typical of his work, drawing the viewer in while at the same time implying a sense of great distance. The high vantage point of most of the designs allows for sweeping panoramas and expansive views of the beautiful countryside. Skillful bokashi shading also adds unusual depth to many of the images.
From bucolic rural views to busy urban centers, the series beautifully illustrates the Japanese countryside while capturing the flavor of life during the
Wakasa Province, A Fishing Boat Catching Flatfish in a Net, 1853 - Great scene of fishermen at work hauling in a large net filled with flatfish and crabs in Wakasa Province, an area famous for its wide variety of fish. The men work hard to pull the catch into the boat, wearing brown kimono and straw aprons. A few other men adjust the ropes attached to the billowing sail. Other fishing boats can be seen in the distance. An interesting design with a handsome composition.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 9" + left margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight separation at ends of horizontal centerfold, repaired. A few light creases and faint stains. Please see photos for details.
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