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
Hizen Province, Nagasaki, Mount Inasa - Striking view of Mt. Inasa across Nagasaki Bay, an area famous for its scenic views. The houses dotting the rocky shore among the pine trees comprise the town of Nagasaki, once a sleepy fishing village, which became an important port during the 16th century. A sail jutting up into the image from the bottom of the picture creates a strong counterpart to the mountain above wreathed drifting clouds. A terrific, dramatic design.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A couple losses at edge, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases at edges and stains, rubbing at corner. Please see photos for details.
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