Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
Horai Temple in the Steep Mountains of Mikawa Province, 1853
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.
Horai Temple in the Steep Mountains of Mikawa Province, 1853 - Handsome view of the mountains in Mikawa Province, with steps leading up the steep peak at right to Horai Temple. A waterfall cascades over the rocks at lower right as tiny figures make their way along the road, dwarfed by their surroundings. Another shrine is nestled among tall pines at left. Clouds drift across the scene, emphasizing the height of the mountains. A great design with an interesting composition.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Wormhole, hole at edge, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases and spots, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.