Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Kozuke Province, Mount Haruna Under Snow
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.
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.
Kozuke Province, Mount Haruna Under Snow - Beautiful winter view of Kozuke Province with a narrow bridge leading over a river to a temple perched on the edge of a cliff. At the bottom of the gorge, the river rushes through rapids studded with boulders, and Mt. Haruna dominates the horizon under the falling snow. Lovely color and fine bokashi shading in this handsome design.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.