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.
View of Nihonbashi Tori 1-chome - Bustling summer scene of the busy main street in Edo, just south of the Nihon Bridge. Women dressed in finely-colored kimono take shade below their parasols, while in the center, a group of Sumiyoshi dancers dressed in matching blue and white kimono share an extra-large tiered umbrella. A street musician known as an onna-dayu follows behind them, playing a shamisen. At right, a man takes a bite of a tiny yellow melon sold by a street vendor, while a delivery man carries a tray stacked with boxes of noodles. A lively scene with wonderful detail and rich color.
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 - 13 1/4" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with beautiful color and fine detail. Large, untrimmed margins, as shown. Please see photos for details.