Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Nagato Province, Shimonoseki
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.
Sixty-odd Provinces by the Mainichi Art Publishing Company - This lovely reprint from Hiroshige's "Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces" was published in 1997 by the Mainichi Art Publishing Company of Tokyo as part of a limited edition release of 300 sets. These designs are beautifully printed with fresh, vibrant color and fine detail, including soft bokashi shading. The print is number 117 of 300 (see example of certificate below, not included). The individual print is not numbered. A terrific opportunity to acquire a fine, limited edition reprint from the series.
Nagato Province, Shimonoseki - Handsome view of the harbor at Shimonoseki in Nagato Province. A ferry carries two women across the water, past a large cargo ship anchored in the bay. Shimonoseki was an important port city and was the location of the famous, decisive naval battle between the Taira and Minamoto clans. A fine composition with beautiful bokashi shading in the water and sky.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - Approximately 13 3/4" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.