Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Settsu Province, Sumiyoshi, Idemi Beach
Series; Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces
Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces - Published between 1853 and 1856 by Koshihei, Hiroshige's fantastic "Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces" series features sixty-nine prints, one for each of the sixty-six provinces of Japan, plus Edo and the two major islands. The series includes some of Hiroshige's most famous designs, such as his dramatic view of the whirlpools at Naruto.
The series represents a further development of Hiroshige's landscape print design, including some of his most modern compositions. The striking new use of a vertical format allowed Hiroshige to experiment with the foreground and background contrasts typical of his work, drawing the viewer in while at the same time implying a sense of great distance. The high vantage point of most of the designs allows for sweeping panoramas and expansive views of the beautiful countryside. Skillful bokashi shading also adds unusual depth to many of the images.
From bucolic rural views to busy urban centers, the series beautifully illustrates the Japanese countryside while capturing the flavor of life during the Edo era.
Masterpieces of Old Japanese Color Prints - This is a lovely old reprint from the "Masterpieces of Old Japanese Color Prints" series published by the Nippon Gasui-sha around 1923 - 1925. Sold by subscription, the publisher issued three new woodblock prints each month. The subjects in this series range from designs by Mitsuoki Tosa and painters from the famous late 15th century Kano school to ukiyo-e masters Hiroshige and Utamaro. A few designs are by Chinese artists. A wonderful opportunity to collect some rarely seen and beautiful images by these Japanese masters.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 11 7/8" x 7 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at side from original publisher mounting. Slight toning. Please see photos for details. Generally in nice condition overall.