Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Suido Bridge and Surugadai
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.
Suido Bridge and Surugadai - Terrific view of Edo during the annual Boys' Festival, with an enormous carp banner twisting in the breeze from a pole in the foreground, and two more fluttering in the distance. The banners celebrate a boy of age six or seven living in the household, with samurai residences flying the narrow white military banners in the middle ground, and commoners displaying fish streamers or koi nobori, as they were prohibited from displaying the other kind. The deep blue Kanda River runs across the lower page, with Mt. Fuji rising in the distance. One of the most striking images from this series, beautifully detailed and colored, with fine bokashi shading in the water and sky.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Some spots in lower margin. Please see photos for details. Good condition overall.