Ushimachi, Takanawa

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Ushimachi, Takanawa by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Ushimachi, Takanawa

Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

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.

Exceptionally Fine Taisho Era (1912 – 1926) Reprint Series –  Hiroshige’s 100 Edo series was rarely reprinted complete making many designs extremely difficult to find. This early reprint set is beautifully done; the prints are virtually identical to Edo era originals. Unlike later reprints, the paper and inks are from the Edo tradition. Beautiful old reprints like these are excellent for display as they are indiscernible from originals when framed.

Ushimachi, Takanawa - Striking image of Ushimachi near the Takanawa Gate, the view framed by the wheel and handles of an ox cart at right. A colorful rainbow arches across the sky over the water, with boats anchored in the harbor below. Two puppies play on the embankment, one chewing a straw sandal. The striped watermelon rinds on the ground cleverly echo the bands of color in the rainbow. An attractive design with fine bokashi shading.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - With excellent color and detail. Minor toning and soiling at edges. Please see photos for details. Excellent condition overall.

Ushimachi, Takanawa by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Ushimachi, Takanawa by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)