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.
Takata Riding Grounds, 1857 - Striking view of the Takata Riding Grounds, with a large archery target suspended from poles beneath a tree in the foreground. Samurai used the grounds for practicing martial arts. At right, archers take aim, several arrows already lying on the ground beneath the target, while on the track just beyond, two riders race past each other. Two horsemen race around the surrounding track. Beyond pines and rice fields, Mt. Fuji is just visible. An interesting composition.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Paper hinge mounts on reverse at top corners. Tiny loss at edge, repaired. Slight toning, slight soiling and a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details.