Winter Desolation at Hamamatsu, circa 1833 - 1834

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Winter Desolation at Hamamatsu, circa 1833 - 1834 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
Winter Desolation at Hamamatsu, circa 1833 - 1834

Series; Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (The Great Tokaido)

Hiroshige’s Great Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (present-day 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. After the trip, he returned to Edo and immediately began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's first Tokaido series is also known as the "Great Tokaido," or the "Hoeido Tokaido," after the publisher Hoeido. Hiroshige returned to this favorite subject again and again, creating many additional Tokaido series. Published circa 1833 - 1834, Hiroshige's famous Great Tokaido designs offer an opportunity to be transported back in time to see Japan as it was during the days of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Winter Desolation at Hamamatsu, circa 1833 - 1834 - Terrific scene of travelers and porters gathered around a bonfire beside a large tree, trying to warm themselves on a chilly winter day. At right a traveler enjoys a pipe while a woman carries a baby on her back. Clouds of pale gray smoke billow up into the clear sky. The castle and village of Hamamatsu are visible along the horizon past the fields. A classic Hiroshige design with soft bokashi shading on the smoke, ground, and sky.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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

Condition - Good detail. A few repairs. Wrinkling at top, a few creases, slight rubbing at edges.

Winter Desolation at Hamamatsu, circa 1833 - 1834 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Winter Desolation at Hamamatsu, circa 1833 - 1834 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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