Hizen Province, Nagasaki, Mount Inasa

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Hizen Province, Nagasaki, Mount Inasa by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Hizen Province, Nagasaki, Mount Inasa

Series; Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces

Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces - Published between 1853 and 1856 by Koshihei, Hiroshige's fantastic "Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces" series features sixty-nine prints, one for each of the sixty-six provinces of Japan, plus Edo and the two major islands. The series includes some of Hiroshige's most famous designs, such as his dramatic view of the whirlpools at Naruto.

The series represents a further development of Hiroshige's landscape print design, including some of his most modern compositions. The striking new use of a vertical format allowed Hiroshige to experiment with the foreground and background contrasts typical of his work, drawing the viewer in while at the same time implying a sense of great distance. The high vantage point of most of the designs allows for sweeping panoramas and expansive views of the beautiful countryside. Skillful bokashi shading also adds unusual depth to many of the images.

From bucolic rural views to busy urban centers, the series beautifully illustrates the Japanese countryside while capturing the flavor of life during the Edo era.

Sixty-odd Provinces by the Mainichi Art Publishing Company - This lovely reprint from Hiroshige's "Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces" was published in 1997 by the Mainichi Art Publishing Company of Tokyo as part of a limited edition release of 300 sets. These designs are beautifully printed with fresh, vibrant color and fine detail, including soft bokashi shading. The print is number 117 of 300 (see example of certificate below, not included). The individual print is not numbered. A terrific opportunity to acquire a fine, limited edition reprint from the series.

Hizen Province, Nagasaki, Mount Inasa - Striking view of Mt. Inasa across Nagasaki Bay, an area famous for its scenic views. The houses dotting the rocky shore among the pine trees comprise the town of Nagasaki, once a sleepy fishing village, which became an important port during the 16th century. A sail jutting up into the image from the bottom of the picture creates a strong counterpart to the mountain above wreathed in clouds shaded with pink and violet. A terrific, dramatic design.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - Approximately 13 3/4" x 9" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.

Hizen Province, Nagasaki, Mount Inasa by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Hizen Province, Nagasaki, Mount Inasa by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Hizen Province, Nagasaki, Mount Inasa by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)