Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock and Lithograph Reproduction Set
Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces
Complete Boxed Set with 3 Woodblocks and 66 Lithograph Reproductions
A Fuji Arts special Offer Auction
Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces - Toshijiro (or Nenjiro) Inagaki was an acclaimed kimono designer who was designated an Intangible Cultural Property in 1962, the highest honor awarded to Japanese artists by the government. In the 1950s - 1960s, he designed a small group of prints using multicolor inks in a variety of tones. These stylized designs reflect the stencil-dyed techniques he used to create textiles, featuring geometric shapes and unusual gradations of color.
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.
This Complete Boxed Set - This complete boxed set comprises all 69 subjects from the series. It includes 3 woodblock prints by the Adachi Publisher: No. 17, The Year-end Festival at Asakusa in Edo, No. 25, Mt. Kyodai and the Moon Reflected in the Rice Fields at Sarashina in Shinano Province, and No. 45, Harima Province, Maiko Beach (the first three images below). The remaining 66 prints are lithograph reproductions. Each print is mounted on the reverse along the right edge inside a folder, with a small black and white image of the subject and the title in Japanese on the front. The folders are housed in a traditional cloth-covered case and outer cardboard box, accompanied by a soft cover book with commentary in Japanese and English. Published in Showa 53 (1978) by Mainichi Shinbun. A handsome presentation format.
Please note: - This boxed set is very large and heavy. International bidders are welcome, however, there is an additional $125 charge to ship the set internationally.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Size - Each image 14 1/4" x 9 1/2"; folders 20 1/4" x 14 3/8"; case 21 1/2" x 15" x 3 1/2"
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.
Examples from the Set