Lightning and Rain at Kameyama, 1855

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Lightning and Rain at Kameyama, 1855 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
Lightning and Rain at Kameyama, 1855

Series; Pictures of Famous Places on the Fifty-three Stations (Vertical Tokaido)
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Pictures of Famous Places on the Fifty-three Stations (Vertical Tokaido) - Hiroshige's fantastic vertical Tokaido series was done in 1855 and represents a further evolution of his landscape design style, including some of his most modern designs. One of the striking features of this beautiful series was the vertical format, since the more common format for the landscape print was the horizontal. This unique approach allowed Hiroshige to experiment with the foreground and background contrasts that are typical of his work and seen in some of his other vertical landscape series. The concept for the vertical Tokaido grew out of the incredible popularity of the Great Tokaido (his first Tokaido series). Hiroshige wanted to expand on the theme, as the public was very interested in his fascinating images of life and travels along the most important thoroughfare in Japan- the road from Edo to Kyoto. From the urban center of Edo, where the journey began, to the beautiful rural landscape of the provinces more far away, the series is a set of breathtaking illustrations of Edo period Japan.

Lightning and Rain at Kameyama, 1855 - Terrific illustration of travelers hurrying along during a thunderstorm, rain slanting across the scene. Lightning zigzags across the yellow sky above the gray clouds looming on the horizon. Tall pine trees frame the road, with the tower of a castle rising in the distance. A dramatic composition, considered one of the best designs from Hiroshige's Vertical Tokaido series.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Backed with paper. Wormhole in margin, repaired. Curling. Please see photos for details.

Lightning and Rain at Kameyama, 1855 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Lightning and Rain at Kameyama, 1855 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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