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.
Driving Rain at Shono, circa 1833 - 1834 - Fantastic Hiroshige masterwork and one of his most well-known designs. A sudden shower surprises travelers and palanquin bearers at Shono, who rush for cover under the driving rain sweeping across the landscape. The crests of the bamboo trees in the background bend forward in the wind, creating rows of gently curving silhouettes. A terrific image with fine bokashi shading.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 13 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. A few small wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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