Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Oji Inari Shrine
Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
One Hundred Famous Views of Edo - In 1856, Hiroshige began designing what was to be his last great series and a masterpiece, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo." The series contains 118 vertical format woodblocks of classic Hiroshige landscapes. From spring cherry blossoms to summer fireworks, from quiet scenes along the river to lively festival celebrations, Hiroshige captures life in old Edo in dramatic and interesting ways. Hiroshige employed an inventive compositional technique in many of the prints, using large foreground elements to frame a distant view in the background, such as the image of Kinryuzan Temple seen through the doorway of the famous Thunder Gate. Beautifully printed with fine bokashi shading, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" retains its popularity today as one of Hiroshige's great masterworks, and includes some of his most memorable images.
– Hiroshige’s 100 Edo series was rarely reprinted complete making many designs extremely difficult to find. This early reprint set is beautifully done; the prints are virtually identical to Edo era originals. Unlike later reprints, the paper and inks are from the Edo tradition. Beautiful old reprints like these are excellent for display as they are indiscernible from originals when framed.
Oji Inari Shrine - Beautiful depiction of the Oji Inari Shrine at dusk, with visitors climbing the steps at left and walking along the stone pathway to the building at right. Tall pine trees frame a view across the rice fields to the twin peaks of Mt. Tsukuba in the distance, the setting sun spreading a rosy glow along the horizon. Lovely color and detail in this handsome composition.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Minor toning and soiling at edges. Please see photos for details. Excellent condition overall.