One Hundred Famous Views of Edo - In 1856, Hiroshige began designing what was to be his last great series and a masterpiece, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo." The series contains 118 vertical format woodblocks of classic Hiroshige landscapes. From spring cherry blossoms to summer fireworks, from quiet scenes along the river to lively festival celebrations, Hiroshige captures life in old Edo in dramatic and interesting ways. Hiroshige employed an inventive compositional technique in many of the prints, using large foreground elements to frame a distant view in the background, such as the image of Kinryuzan Temple seen through the doorway of the famous Thunder Gate. Beautifully printed with fine bokashi shading, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" retains its popularity today as one of Hiroshige's great masterworks, and includes some of his most memorable images.
Night Rain at Akasaka Kiribatake - Handsome view of Akasaka Kiribatake, a stretch of land along the south shore of the Takeike, the waterway depicted here, under a falling rain. A few figures in dark silhouette walk along the sloping road in the middleground, the trees behind them shaded in tons of gray beneath the stormy sky. Interestingly, this design was apparently added to Hiroshige's "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" series after the artist's death as an alternate of the same subject. Includes a dusting of mica across the top of the night sky.
Artist - Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)
Image Size - 13 1/8" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Small losses and thinning at corners, tear and thinning spot near top, repaired. Slight toning and wrinkling. Please see photos for details.
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