Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Autumn Moon at Tama River
Series; Eight Views of the Environs of Edo
(Edo kinko hakkei no uchi)
Eight Views of the Environs of Edo - Hiroshige's lovely series, Eight Views of the Environs of Edo, was initially privately printed for the Taihaido Poetry Club by the publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudo) around 1837-1838. The club commissioned the series to illustrate their poems based on famous locations around Edo. First edition prints from this series include three or fours verses of poetry across the top, while in later impressions only a single verse appears. These lyrical landscape views are tranquil and reflective, with evocative atmospheric effects, such as the moonlit Tama River or the evening shower at Azuma Shrine. Moon on the Tama River is the masterpiece of the series, considered one of Hiroshige's finest landscapes.
Fine printing from the respected Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha - These classic designs were produced by the well known Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha amidst a resurgence of interest in ukiyo-e. Like many of these traditional businesses, the woodblock print craft was passed down through generations, and the Oedo Mokuhansha company was formed by descendents of an Edo era publisher. These are nice prints of the highest quality standards and an excellent choice if you are looking for fine old woodblock reprints.
Autumn Moon at Tama River - Lovely view of fisherman along the shore of the Tama River. The delicate branches of willow trees frame the scene, with a full moon shining overhead in the pale evening sky. A beautiful scene with soft shading in the water and shimmering mica on the moon. A great Hiroshige landscape.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 1/4" x 13 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.