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
Fine Woodblock reprints by Hodo Shuppan - Published by Hodo Shuppan or Hodo Publishing, these fine quality woodblock reprints from feature beautiful color and detail, with the publisher's information in the left margin.
Totomi Province: Lake Hamana, Kanzan Temple in Horie and the Inasa-Horie Inlet - Terrific panoramic view of Lake Hamana and the Inasa-Horie Inlet in Totomi Province. Fishermen are at work on the water, and river and pedestrians make their way along the sandy beach towards Horie. At upper right, Kanzan Temple is nestled on the mountainside among clusters of pine trees, a site famous for its beautiful views in all directions. A lovely design, beautifully colored with fine bokashi shading and handsome wood grain impression in the water.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - Approximately 13 3/4" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.