Ocean View Slope Near Shirasuka

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Ocean View Slope Near Shirasuka  by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Ocean View Slope Near Shirasuka

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.

Ocean View Slope Near Shirasuka - In this beautiful scene, porters are moving up and down the road along the high slope near Shirasuka. Samurai are also making their way along the path. Beautiful open scenery with rolling hills near the ocean in the foreground and a beautiful blue sea beyond. A great Hiroshige image and a classic by the artist, with fine bokashi shading in the water and sky.

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 7/8" x 13 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.

Ocean View Slope Near Shirasuka  by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Ocean View Slope Near Shirasuka  by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)