Grand Series of Fishes - Around 1832 - 1833, Hiroshige designed a series of ten oban size woodblocks of fish for a privately printed poetry album. According to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, shortly afterwards, the blocks were used for a commercial release, with the addition of one new subject and publisher and censor seals. Another nine designs were added circa 1840 - 1842 by another publisher, for a total of twenty woodblocks.
This untitled series, sometimes called the "Grand Series of Fishes" or "Large Fishes," fits into the genre of kacho-e (birds and flowers prints), which focuses on carefully observed birds, insects, fish, and flowers in natural habitats. Beautifully detailed varieties of fish and sea life are artfully arranged with grasses or plants against backgrounds with soft bokashi shading. A rarely seen series and a great example of Hiroshige's nature prints.
Fine printing from the respected Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha - These classic designs were produced by the well known Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha amidst a resurgence of interest in ukiyo-e. Like many of these traditional businesses, the woodblock print craft was passed down through generations, and the Oedo Mokuhansha company was formed by descendents of an Edo era publisher. These are nice prints of the highest quality standards and an excellent choice if you are looking for fine old woodblock reprints.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 10 1/8" x 15 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.