Mikawa Province, Horai Temple Mountains

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Mikawa Province, Horai Temple Mountains by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Mikawa Province, Horai Temple Mountains

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.

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.

Mikawa Province, Horai Temple Mountains - This lovely depiction of the Horai Mountains is another example of Hiroshige's masterful use of the vertical format. In the background, pilgrims make their way up the incredibly steep steps along the mountainside to the Shingon monastery located at the summit. Shrines line the stairway and the mountain is shrouded in mists. Fantastic Hiroshige landscape print and a great choice from the series.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9" + margins as shown

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

Mikawa Province, Horai Temple Mountains by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Mikawa Province, Horai Temple Mountains by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)