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..
Asakusa River, Great Riverbank, Miyato River - A fantastic view from the Ryogoku Bridge in the summer. In the foreground, just visible, are the heads of Mount Oyama pilgrims, packing the bridge. Prior to their journey to the sacred mountain, they ritually cleansed themselves in the Sumida River. The celebratory decorations of the ritual visible in the foreground. The streamers printed in a lovely oxidizing ink. A terrific, dramatic print and an excellent example of Hiroshige's "100 Views of Edo" series.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Good overall. Please see photos for details.