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.
Suwa Bluff, Nippori, 1856 - Lovely depiction of visitors to the Suwa Shrine relaxing and enjoying the view from a tea stand atop the Suwa Bluff. Blossoming cherry trees dot the grounds and nestle among the rooftops of Nippori village below. The site was known for its panoramic view of the rice fields stretching across the plains, with the twin peaks of Mt. Tsukuba at upper right. An attractive spring scene, nicely shaded.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning, faint stain at edge. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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