The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido - Hiroshige’s fantastic Kisokaido series was designed in collaboration with Keisei Eisen in the mid-1830s. Comprised of seventy prints, Eisen contributed 23 images to the series, with Hiroshige providing the rest. This masterpiece series chronicles life along the Kiso Highway, the upper road along the mountains from Edo to Kyoto, mirroring the lower Tokaido. Hiroshige's Kisokaido landscapes maintain his typical balance between figures and nature, with masterful depictions of weather and seasons, and a number of especially lovely moonlit scenes. These poetic and atmospheric views offer a captivating vision of the beautiful and often dramatic countryside of Japan.
Fine printing from the respected Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha - These classic designs were produced by the well known Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha amidst a resurgence of interest in ukiyo-e. Like many of these traditional businesses, the woodblock print craft was passed down through generations, and the Oedo Mokuhansha company was formed by descendents of an Edo era publisher. These are nice prints of the highest quality standards and an excellent choice if you are looking for fine old woodblock reprints.
Autumn Moon at Seba - Indisputably the most famous print from the Kisokaido series and a true Hiroshige masterpiece. This print is a model of classical perfection. A lonely region beyond Lake Suwa, a bargeman and a raftsman pole their crafts in the same direction. Wind bent willows lean over in the blue Narai River under the harvest moon at dusk. A beautiful subject.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 9"x 13 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Very slight paper remnants on reverse at top center edge from original publisher mounting. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.