by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Series; Pictures of Famous Places on the Fifty-three Stations (Vertical Tokaido), 1891 Memorial Edition
Guests at an Inn at Ishibe - Handsome view of guests staying at an inn at Ishibe. At lower right, a seated man enjoys a neck massage, while at center, a waitress serves a man a meal. Other visitors relax upstairs, looking out the windows at the garden below. A charming scene of everyday life along the Tokaido Road.
Pictures of Famous Places on the Fifty-three Stations (Vertical Tokaido) - Hiroshige's fantastic vertical Tokaido series was done in 1855 and represents a further evolution of his landscape design style, including some of his most modern designs. One of the striking features of this beautiful series was the vertical format, since the more common format for the landscape print was the horizontal. This unique approach allowed Hiroshige to experiment with the foreground and background contrasts that are typical of his work and seen in some of his other vertical landscape series. The concept for the vertical Tokaido grew out of the incredible popularity of the Hoeido Tokaido (his first Tokaido series). Hiroshige wanted to expand on the theme, as the public was very interested in his fascinating images of life and travels along the most important thoroughfare in Japan- the road from Edo to Kyoto. From the urban center of Edo, where the journey began, to the beautiful rural landscape of the provinces more far away, the series is a set of breathtaking illustrations of Edo period Japan. This print is from the 1891 Memorial Edition.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Some minor toning. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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