Chikugo Province, The Currents Around the Weir

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Chikugo Province, The Currents Around the Weir by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Chikugo Province, The Currents Around the Weir

Series; Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces

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 Japan, plus Edo and the two major islands. The series includes some of Hiroshige's most famous designs, such as his dramatic view of the whirlpools at Naruto.

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 Edo era.

Mainichi Shimbun Publisher - From a fine collection of mid-20th century Utamaro reprints published by Mainichi Shimbun. This small Tokyo publisher carved blocks and reprinted many of the great masterwork designs of the Edo era. Their work was exquisite with an emphasis on quality, not quantity. Note the exceptional detail, carefully shaded printing, fine mica backgrounds, embossing, and other deluxe techniques. Mainichi prints are perfect for the collector or for the highest quality reprint for display.

Chikugo Province, The Currents Around the Weir - In this excellent Hiroshige print, a boatman poles his way down the Chikugo River, a strip of sand running down the middle of the water. Haki Village is seen on the far bank, surrounded by pines. The platform in the river was used to store nets for fishing in the river. Excellent color and fine detail in this lovely Hiroshige landscape print.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 14 7/8" x 10" + margins as shown

Condition - The print with excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details.

Chikugo Province, The Currents Around the Weir by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Chikugo Province, The Currents Around the Weir by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)