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.
Fine printing from the respected Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha - These classic designs were produced by the well known Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha amidst a resurgence of interest in ukiyo-e. Like many of these traditional businesses, the woodblock print craft was passed down through generations, and the Oedo Mokuhansha company was formed by descendents of an Edo era publisher. These are nice prints of the highest quality standards and an excellent choice if you are looking for fine old woodblock reprints.
Kinryuzan Temple, Asakusa - Beautiful winter view of Kinryuzan Temple as seen through the entrance gate, which frames the scene along with the large paper lantern hanging overhead, creating a sense of depth. Snow falls over the plaza where visitors make their way toward the buildings, the pine trees at left and in the distance heavily laden with snow. A lovely evocative scene, beautifully colored and shaded, with embossing on the snowflakes. One of Hiroshige's most iconic images from this series.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 14" x 9 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Otherwise excellent condition.