Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Hatsune Riding Grounds, Bakuro-cho
Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
One Hundred Famous Views of Edo - In 1856, Hiroshige began designing what was to be his last great series and a masterpiece, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo." The series contains 118 vertical format woodblocks of classic Hiroshige landscapes. From spring cherry blossoms to summer fireworks, from quiet scenes along the river to lively festival celebrations, Hiroshige captures life in old Edo in dramatic and interesting ways. Hiroshige employed an inventive compositional technique in many of the prints, using large foreground elements to frame a distant view in the background, such as the image of Kinryuzan Temple seen through the doorway of the famous Thunder Gate. Beautifully printed with fine bokashi shading, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" retains its popularity today as one of Hiroshige's great masterworks, and includes some of his most memorable images.
– I found these beautiful old 100 Edo reprints on my last trip to Japan. Hiroshige’s 100 Edo series was rarely reprinted complete making many designs extremely difficult to find. This early reprint set is beautifully done; the prints are virtually identical to Edo era originals. Unlike later reprints, the paper and inks are from the Edo tradition. Beautiful old reprints like these are excellent for display as they are indiscernible from originals when framed. They are also fun and inexpensive to collect. At Fuji Arts we’re always looking for a fine old set of Hiroshige Edo reprints. I was happy to get this one, the nicest we’ve had in years.
I hope you like this series as much as I do! Bill
Hatsune Riding Grounds, Bakuro-cho - Spring view of an open square in downtown Edo that was originally a training ground where the shogun's men would practice horse riding. Having outlived this purpose, dyers used the space between the willow trees to hang bolts of cloth, the trees gracefully hanging overhead. A beautiful print with a pleasing curvilinear composition.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. A few minor spots in margins. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.