Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto along the Tokaido road. The journey was an eye opening and life changing experience for him. As an urban man of Edo he had experienced life mainly in the capital. He immediately returned to Edo after the trip and began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's Tokaido prints are an opportunity to be transported back in time to see this world as Hiroshige did in the shadow of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Mainichi Shimbun Publisher - From a fine collection of mid-20th century Utamaro reprints published by Mainichi Shimbun. This Tokyo publisher carved blocks and reprinted many of the great masterwork designs of the Edo era. Their work was exquisite with an emphasis on quality, not quantity. Note the exceptional detail, carefully shaded printing, fine mica backgrounds, embossing, and other deluxe techniques. Mainichi prints are perfect for the collector or for the highest quality reprint for display.
Yugyoji Temple at Fujisawa - In this beautiful scene, Hiroshige illustrates both of the famous religious attractions of this area, Yugyoji and the gate to the shrine of Benten at Enoshima. In order to show both sites at the same time, Hiroshige uses a semicircular composition that leads the viewer's eye clockwise. A group of blind pilgrims approaches the torii as two urban women are beginning to climb up the arch of the bridge towards the shrine. A lovely view and classic Hiroshige landscape with fine shading in the water and sky.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 13 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - The print with excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.