Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto along the Tokaido road. The journey was an eye opening and life changing experience for him. As an urban man of Edo he had experienced life mainly in the capital. He immediately returned to Edo after the trip and began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's Tokaido prints are an opportunity to be transported back in time to see this world as Hiroshige did in the shadow of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
The Lake at Hakone - Striking design of a daimyo's party making its way through a narrow valley between the steep mountains at right. The peak in the center is studded with colorful rock formations and boulders among deep green foliage. The lake at Hakone can be seen below, with Mt. Fuji silhouetted in white at left beyond the mountain range along the shore, a warm golden glow beginning to spread along the horizon. A handsome image with wonderful detail and fine bokashi shading.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 14" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.