The Lake at Hakone

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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The Lake at Hakone by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Lake at Hakone

Series; Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido

Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto along the Tokaido road. The journey was an eye opening and life changing experience for him. As an urban man of Edo he had experienced life mainly in the capital. He immediately returned to Edo after the trip and began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's Tokaido prints are an opportunity to be transported back in time to see this world as Hiroshige did in the shadow of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.

Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.

The Lake at Hakone - Striking design of a daimyo's party making its way through a narrow valley between the steep mountains at right. The peak in the center is studded with colorful rock formations and boulders among deep green foliage. The lake at Hakone can be seen below, with Mt. Fuji silhouetted in white beyond the mountain range along the shore, a faint rosy glow spreading along the horizon. The outline of Fuji is embossed only, instead of being outlined. A handsome image with wonderful detail and fine bokashi shading.

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 - 8 3/4" x 13 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.

The Lake at Hakone by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
The Lake at Hakone by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)