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 Running Well Teahouse at Otsu - Otsu was the last station before Kyoto, the final destination along the Tokaido road. Here, grooms lead oxen pulling heavily laden carts along the road as travelers stop for a rest inside the teahouse at left. The famous Running Well bubbles over into a pool just outside the entrance. A nicely detailed scene with soft bokashi shading in the road and sky.
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. Very nice condition overall.