Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
Yugyoji Temple at Fujisawa, circa 1833 - 1834
Series; Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (The Great Tokaido)
Hiroshige’s Great Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (present-day Tokyo) to Kyoto along the Tokaido road. The journey was an eye-opening and life-changing experience for him. As an urban man of Edo, he had experienced life mainly in the capital. After the trip, he returned to Edo and immediately began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's first Tokaido series is also known as the "Great Tokaido," or the "Hoeido Tokaido," after the publisher Hoeido. Hiroshige returned to this favorite subject again and again, creating many additional Tokaido series. Published circa 1833 - 1834, Hiroshige's famous Great Tokaido designs offer an opportunity to be transported back in time to see Japan as it was during the days of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Yugyoji Temple at Fujisawa, circa 1833 - 1834 - Wonderful view of Fujisawa, with an arched bridge over a stream leading to the village. On the hill beyond, the Yugyoji Temple is nestled among the hills. In the foreground, a torii gate leads to the Benten Shrine at Enoshima. The station is crowded with travelers and pilgrims visiting these famous religious sites, including a group of blind men approaching the gate. An interesting composition with the edge of the road and bridge curving around into the center of the design and leading the eye across the page. Nicely detailed and shaded.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 9" x 13 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Slight separation at ends of vertical centerfold, small thinning spot, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases, rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.