Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Sagami River in Sagamigawa
Series; Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji
Hiroshige's Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji - In Japan, Mt. Fuji is a sacred place and a symbol of the country itself. Rising majestically near the center of Japan, Fuji dominates the landscape and the Japanese national identity. Hiroshige completed designs for his last series, "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji," in 1858. Following a tradition established by Hokusai, Hiroshige’s wonderful series show the mountain in each of the four seasons, from a variety of vantage points. Hiroshige utilized a vertical full oban format to create dramatic and breathtaking views of this most revered landmark. Views range from the urban city center of Edo to cherry blossom viewing in a small village and the fantastic crashing wave at Awa. Seen less frequently than some of his more well-known series, "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji" ranks as one of Hiroshige's best vertical format series.
Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
The Sagami River in Sagamigawa - One of the two or three most famous prints from the series. A fantastic image of the Sagami River with two boatmen poling their crafts along the river in this rural outpost. The figure in the foreground wearing a tie-dyed kimono. Fantastic design, Fuji rising in the distance, birds overhead. Wonderful, classic Hiroshige, with the tall grasses in the extreme foreground.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details. Excellent overall.