Grand Series of Fishes - In the 1830s, Hiroshige designed a series of twenty oban size woodblocks of fish, published in two sets of ten prints each, with the second set released around 1840. This untitled series, sometimes called the Grand Series of Fishes, fits into the genre of kacho-e (birds and flowers prints), which focuses on carefully observed birds, insects, fish, and flowers in natural habitats.
Beautifully detailed varieties of fish and sea life are artfully arranged with grasses or plants against backgrounds with soft bokashi shading. Originals from this series are somewhat rare, but a second edition printed from the original blocks appeared shortly after Hiroshige's death.
Yuyudo Publisher - In the early 20th century, the Yuyudo publishing house had already distinguished themselves as one of the finest publishers in Japan. They adhered to the same exacting standards of 19th century publishers while some of their publishing colleagues took shortcuts. In the 1950's, as interest Edo era woodblock prints was reigniting, Yuyudo embarked upon a project to produce reprints by the great masters from the Golden Age of Ukiyo-e. They hired the finest woodblock printers and carvers in the world for this endeavor. The resulting prints were some of the highest quality reproductions ever made. We are pleased to offer this beautiful reprint from the Yuyudo publisher in our auctions today. Yuyudo prints are exceptionally well done and very finely printed. Each bears a Yuyudo Publisher stamp on the margin or reverse. Bid now on prints from this fantastic collection!
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 9 7/8" x 14 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent with no issues to report.