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.
Exceptionally Fine Taisho Era (1912 – 1926) Reprint Series – I found these beautiful old 100 Edo reprints on my last trip to Japan. Hiroshige’s 100 Edo series was rarely reprinted complete making many designs extremely difficult to find. This early reprint set is beautifully done; the prints are virtually identical to Edo era originals. Unlike later reprints, the paper and inks are from the Edo tradition. Beautiful old reprints like these are excellent for display as they are indiscernible from originals when framed. They are also fun and inexpensive to collect. At Fuji Arts we’re always looking for a fine old set of Hiroshige Edo reprints. I was happy to get this one, the nicest we’ve had in years.
I hope you like this series as much as I do! Bill
Nakagawa River Mouth - These two canals, meeting at the river mouth were dug during the era of Tokugawa Ieyasu to facilitate the transport of cargo into the city. However, such easy movement also provided a quick way for enemies to enter the city. Thus, in the lower left corner, just barely visible are the roofs of a bakufu guard station. These guards are tasked with the responsibility to make sure that only approved Edoites passed up and down these canals. A great scene from old Edo period.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 13 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.