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.
Nako Bay and the Mie River at Yokkaichi, 1855 - Beautiful Hiroshige woodblock showing porters crossing an earthen bridge over the Mie River at Yokkaichi. Shops line the street ahead of them, while the waters of Nako Bay stretch out expansively beyond the village. A tiny flock of geese flies high above the sea dotted with white sails. A terrific image from this wonderful series.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight separation at ends of horizontal centerfold, repaired. Slight toning. Please see photos for details.
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