White Heron and Iris

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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White Heron and Iris by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
White Heron and Iris

Takamizawa Reprints - Handsome reprint by the venerable Takamizawa publisher. Takamizawa was known as one of the finest reprint publishers of the 20th century, and produced some of the highest quality ukiyo-e woodblock reprints of all time. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the prints were produced replicating original Edo era colors and printed on beautiful handmade paper. The printers worked with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color and line work. All prints bear the red or brown "Takamizawa" seal on the reverse attesting to the Takamizawa publication of these prints. A great opportunity to acquire a fine reprint of a classic ukiyo-e design.

Comments - Lovely Hiroshige kacho-e or birds and flowers subject of a white heron in flight above Japanese irises blooming at the edge of a pond. The bird's feathers are beautifully detailed with delicate embossing. The poem above reads:

White herons fly low across the fields, like a thousand flakes of snow;
Yellow birds perch on the tree, like flowers clustered on a branch.

A classic design beautifully suited to the vertical otanzaku format.

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 - 15" x 6 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

White Heron and Iris by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
White Heron and Iris by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)