Spiral Hall, Five Hundred Rakan Temple, 1857

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Spiral Hall, Five Hundred Rakan Temple, 1857 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
Spiral Hall, Five Hundred Rakan Temple, 1857

Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

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.

Spiral Hall, Five Hundred Rakan Temple, 1857 - Handsome view of the bright green fields along the eastern edge of Edo, the scene framed by the Five Hundred Rakan Temple at right. Visitors enjoy the panoramic view from the balcony, a few pine trees dotting the plains and a rosy glow spreading along the horizon. An attractive design with fine bokashi shading in the sky.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Small hole at edge, repaired. Slight toning, a few creases and small marks. Please see photos for details.

Spiral Hall, Five Hundred Rakan Temple, 1857 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Spiral Hall, Five Hundred Rakan Temple, 1857 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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