Comments - Lovely Hiroshige kacho-e or birds and flowers subject of a white heron in flight above Japanese irises blooming at the edge of a pond. The bird's feathers are beautifully detailed with delicate embossing. A classic design beautifully suited to the vertical otanzaku format. The poem above reads:
White herons fly low across the fields, like a thousand flakes of snow;
Yellow birds perch on the tree, like flowers clustered on a branch.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 14 5/8" x 6 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Small tears at edges, repaired. Toning, a couple light creases. Please see photos for details.