Winter: Snow on the Sumida River - Lovely Hiroshige winter scene, a heavy snow falling over the Sumida River in Edo. A lone boatman poling his craft through the dark blue water, snow falling all around him. Beautiful composition, wonderful use of the pillar print format. A fine Takamizawa reprint with publisher's seal on reverse.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 5"
Condition - With excellent color and detail. A faint spot. Please see photos for details. Good overall.