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.
Kiyomizu Hall and Shinobazu Pond at Ueno - Beautiful image of Kiyomizu Hall in Ueno, part of a temple complex overlooking Shinobazu Pond. Blossoming cherry trees surround the red building at right, with visitors on the verandah enjoying a view of the water below. At left, the unusual pine tree with the looped branch is the famous "Moon Pine." A lovely spring scene.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Small losses at edge, a few holes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.
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