Night Rain at Akasaka Kiribatake

by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

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Night Rain at Akasaka Kiribatake by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Night Rain at Akasaka Kiribatake

Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
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Night Rain at Akasaka Kiribatake - Handsome view of Akasaka Kiribatake, a stretch of land along the south shore of the Takeike, the waterway depicted here, under a falling rain. A few figures in dark silhouette walk along the sloping road in the middleground, the trees behind them shaded in tones of gray beneath the stormy sky. Interestingly, this design was apparently added to Hiroshige's "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" after the artist's death as an alternate of the same subject. Beautifully printed with fine bokashi shading.

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 II (1826 - 1869)

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

Condition - Excellent color and detail. No issues to report.

Night Rain at Akasaka Kiribatake by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)
Night Rain at Akasaka Kiribatake by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

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