Hiroshige's Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji - In Japan, Mt. Fuji is a sacred place and a symbol of the country itself. Rising majestically near the center of Japan, Fuji dominates the landscape and the Japanese national identity. Hiroshige completed designs for his last series, "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji," in 1858. Following a tradition established by Hokusai, Hiroshige’s wonderful series show the mountain in each of the four seasons, from a variety of vantage points. Hiroshige utilized a vertical full oban format to create dramatic and breathtaking views of this most revered landmark. Views range from the urban city center of Edo to cherry blossom viewing in a small village and the fantastic crashing wave at Awa. Seen less frequently than some of his more well-known series, "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji" ranks as one of Hiroshige's best vertical format series.
This Reprint Edition - The Goto Association for Preserving Ukiyo-e commissioned the Adachi Publisher to create this beautiful reprint edition of Hiroshige's "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji." In an effort to revive and preserve the traditional artistry of Japanese woodblock prints, they hired the most skilled artisans and used handmade paper and vegetable pigments. Ichibei Iwano, a Japanese Living National Treasure, made the Echizen-hosho paper, Hambei Okura carved selected cherry wood blocks, and Katomro Murata printed the designs, under the supervision of publisher Toyohisa Adachi. Each print bears the Adachi Publisher seal on the reverse. A wonderful opportunity to collect a classic Hiroshige subject, beautifully reprinted
Mt. Asuka in the Eastern Capital - Wonderful image from the environs of Edo of springtime on Mt. Asuka. Visitors admire the blossoming cherry trees in the foreground and the view of Mt. Fuji in the distance. Along the edge of the gently sloping hill, a row of blue umbrellas can be seen as a procession makes its way toward the top. Beyond the procession, small shops line the road to Asuka. A lovely spring subject.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.