Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Sado Province, the Goldmines
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.
Sixty-odd Provinces by the Mainichi Art Publishing Company - This lovely reprint from Hiroshige's "Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces" was published in 1997 by the Mainichi Art Publishing Company of Tokyo as part of a limited edition release of 300 sets. These designs are beautifully printed with fresh, vibrant color and fine detail, including soft bokashi shading. A terrific opportunity to acquire a fine, limited edition reprint from the series.
Sado Province, the Goldmines - Terrific view of the entrance to the goldmines in Sado Province. While it was known the region contained gold, these mines near the Ai River weren't mined until 1600, when they became a major source of funds for the shogun. The cave-like entrances to the tunnels open onto a flat area, with streams of water flowing from each tunnel. A few workmen carrying picks and baskets are dwarfed by the enormous size of the mountain, which reaches to the upper edge of the scene. An intriguing perspective, detailed with beautiful bokashi shading.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Small wrinkle at edge, slight rippling from printing process. Please see photos for details.