The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido - Hiroshige's fantastic Kisokaido series was designed in collaboration with Keisei Eisen in the mid-1830s. Comprised of seventy prints, Eisen contributed 23 images to the series, with Hiroshige providing the rest. This masterpiece series chronicles life along the Kiso Highway, the upper road along the mountains from Edo to Kyoto, mirroring the lower Tokaido. Hiroshige's Kisokaido landscapes maintain his typical balance between figures and nature, with masterful depictions of weather and seasons, and a number of especially lovely moonlit scenes. These poetic and atmospheric views offer a captivating vision of the beautiful and often dramatic countryside of Japan.
Sakamoto, circa 1835 - 1838 - Terrific view looking down on the main street of Sakamoto, the road lined with shops and restaurants on either side of a narrow central canal. Travelers crowd the path along this busy section of the Kisokaido Road near the dangerous Usui Pass. The imposing mountain looms on the horizon, its bulk dominating the composition against a clear blue sky. A nicely detailed design.
Artist - Eisen (1790 - 1848)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 13 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Remargined. Slight creasing. Please see photos for details.