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..
Nihonbashi Bridge and Edobashi Bridge - An innovative design from the series displaying some of the unique compositions of the 100 Edo series. In the foreground, the viewer is on the Nihonbashi Bridge with a bucket of fish belonging to the fish peddler, visible in the lower right. Over the broad expanse beyond the bridge, rooftops of the city in this prosperous area stretch out to the horizon. The sun is rising in the distance on this balmy summer morning. An excellent design.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Nice condition overall.