Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces - Published between 1853 and 1856 by Koshihei, Hiroshige's fantastic "Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces" series features sixty-nine prints, one for each of the sixty-six provinces of
The series represents a further development of Hiroshige's landscape print design, including some of his most modern compositions. The striking new use of a vertical format allowed Hiroshige to experiment with the foreground and background contrasts typical of his work, drawing the viewer in while at the same time implying a sense of great distance. The high vantage point of most of the designs allows for sweeping panoramas and expansive views of the beautiful countryside. Skillful bokashi shading also adds unusual depth to many of the images.
From bucolic rural views to busy urban centers, the series beautifully illustrates the Japanese countryside while capturing the flavor of life during the
Oki Province, Takuhi Shrine - An absolutely fantastic print depicting the prow of a boat near the island of Nishi. The Takuhi Shrine, indicated by the torii gate in the distance, was located on Nishi and was considered one of the most significant shrines to the gods of the sea. Terrific detail in the waves crashing against the hull of the boat, an outstanding Hiroshige design.
Hodo Publishing - A fine limited edition series by Hodo Publishing, numbered 218/300. See publisher's seal example below (not included).
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 9" x 13 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent with no issues to report.