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
Sixty-odd Provinces by the Mainichi Art Publishing Company - This lovely reprint from Hiroshige's "Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces" was published in 1997 by the Mainichi Art Publishing Company of Tokyo as part of a limited edition release of 300 sets. These designs are beautifully printed with fresh, vibrant color and fine detail, including soft bokashi shading. A terrific opportunity to acquire a fine, limited edition reprint from the series.
Hitachi Province, Daijingu Shrine in Kashima - Lovely shoreline view of Kashima from Lake Kita by Hiroshige. Kashima was the location of the Daijingu Shrine, dedicated to the deity Takemikazuchi, the god of military prowess. A torii gate in the water marks the entrance to the shrine. Pilgrims would often arrive by boat from Edo - several boats are shown on the waters of Lake Kita bringing visitors to the shrine. Nice detail in this wonderful Hiroshige design.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.