Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
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.
Edo Tokyo Museum - A publisher seal in the left margin indicates that this print was published by the Edo Tokyo Museum. The museum commissioned high quality reprints of many of the ukiyo-e masterworks..
Moon-Viewing Point - A beautiful Hiroshige print and a personal favorite depicting a night view of Edo bay, the full moon high in the sky, a flock of geese passing before it. Dark cargo ships are moored for the night. In the foreground, the remnants of a night of entertainment litter the room, empty sake flasks and chopsticks on the veranda. To the left, the silhouette of a courtesan, her hair pinned high, the back of her kimono just visible past the sliding door.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with beautiful color and fine detail. Please see photos for details.