The Nawate Road at Hiratsuka

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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The Nawate Road at Hiratsuka by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Nawate Road at Hiratsuka

Series; Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido

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 Nawate Road at Hiratsuka - Terrific design of travelers along a low causeway near the ocean at Hiratsuka. A professional courier running along passes a pair of more leisurely travelers, whose straw hats are suspended from a pole above one man's back. The narrow road is flanked by small trees, and Mt. Fuji is visible beyond the large rounded hill in the distance.

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 - 8 5/8" x 13 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details.

The Nawate Road at Hiratsuka by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
The Nawate Road at Hiratsuka by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)