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.
The Sarugababa Resthouse near Futagawa, circa 1833 - 1834 - Handsome view of travelers arriving at the Sarugababa Resthouse near Futagawa. At left, man relaxes on a bench in front of a shop, smoking a pipe. The green hill is dotted with pine trees, sloping gently up toward the right. An attractive landscape, nicely detailed, with bokashi shading in the ground and sky.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 9" x 14" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Remargined. Small loss at corner, a few holes, repaired. Slight toning, slight soiling and rubbing at edges, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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