Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Rain and Thunder around Hashidate
From an untitled series of views of Japan
Kuniyoshi's untitled series of views of Japan - Kuniyoshi designed this attractive series of views of Japan around 1840, but it was not published until after his death. In the early 20th century, the publisher Wakita in Osaka published a series of eight landscapes of Kuniyoshi's original designs. Consequently, there are no lifetime prints from this series. Although Kuniyoshi is best known for his warrior prints, he created striking landscapes as well, and these are fine examples of his work in this genre. Beautifully colored and composed, these great images are a wonderful choice to collect or display.
- In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Rain and Thunder around Hashidate - Dramatic image of a thunderstorm at Hashidate, with jagged bolts of red and orange lightning streaking across the dark sky. A pine tree frames an expansive view of the Bay of Miayazu and the famous "ama no hashidate," a long, narrow spit of land covered in pine trees. A few white sails are visible in the distance, with low mountains in gray along the horizon. A great design with attractive color and fine shading.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details. Good overall.