One Hundred Famous Views of Edo - In 1856, Hiroshige began designing what was to be his last great series and a masterpiece, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo." The series contains 118 vertical format woodblocks of classic Hiroshige landscapes. From spring cherry blossoms to summer fireworks, from quiet scenes along the river to lively festival celebrations, Hiroshige captures life in old Edo in dramatic and interesting ways. Hiroshige employed an inventive compositional technique in many of the prints, using large foreground elements to frame a distant view in the background, such as the image of Kinryuzan Temple seen through the doorway of the famous Thunder Gate. Beautifully printed with fine bokashi shading, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" retains its popularity today as one of Hiroshige's great masterworks, and includes some of his most memorable images.
Moto-Hachiman Shrine, Sunamura, 1856 - Lovely view near the Moto-Hachiman Shrine in Sunamura, with a road leading through the marshy waters filled with reeds at left. A few travelers walk along the top of the embankment, which is dotted with pine trees. At upper left, the mouth of the Edogawa River leads into Edo bay, with white sails in the distance and the mountains of the Chiba Peninsula along the horizon. A torii gate leads to the shrine at lower right, flanked by blossoming cherry trees. A handsome design, nicely shaded.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top corners from previous mounting. Slight thinning at corner, repaired. Slight toning, a few stains at edge. Please see photos for details.