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.
Robe-hanging Pine, Senzoku Pond - Charming print of the bright blue Senzoku Pond with the famous Robe-Hanging Pine tree on the shore at right. The tree received this name when the famous thirteenth-century Buddhist priest Nichiren stopped by the pond while traveling and hung his robe on a branch. A few herons take flight above the water, and visitors pause for a break at the tea stand in the foreground. An attractive view with soft shading in the water and sky.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Some very faint spotting on reverse. Please see photos for details.