Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto along the Tokaido road. The journey was an eye opening and life changing experience for him. As an urban man of Edo he had experienced life mainly in the capital. He immediately returned to Edo after the trip and began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's Tokaido prints are an opportunity to be transported back in time to see this world as Hiroshige did in the shadow of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Yugyoji Temple at Fujisawa - In this beautiful scene, Hiroshige illustrates both of the famous religious attractions of this area, Yugyoji and the gate to the shrine of Benten at Enoshima. In order to show both sites at the same time, Hiroshige uses a semicircular composition that leads the viewer's eye clockwise. A group of blind pilgrims approaches the torii as two urban women are beginning to climb up the arch of the bridge towards the shrine. A lovely view and classic Hiroshige landscape with fine shading in the water and sky.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - The print with excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.