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.
The Tenryu River at Mitsuke - Handsome depiction of the ferry crossing on the Tenryu River at Mitsuke. Two ferrymen wait for their passengers on a boat moored in the foreground, with a large sandbar in the center dividing the arms of the river. The tree-covered mountains in the distance appear in soft gray silhouette beyond low-lying mists. A great design with beautiful bokashi shading.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 13 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.