Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Oi, Station 47
Series; Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido
- Hiroshige's fantastic Kisokaido series was designed in collaboration with Keisei Eisen in the mid-1830s. Comprised of seventy prints, Eisen contributed 23 images to the series, with Hiroshige providing the rest. This masterpiece series chronicles life along the Kiso Highway, the upper road along the mountains from Edo to Kyoto, mirroring the lower Tokaido. Hiroshige's Kisokaido landscapes maintain his typical balance between figures and nature, with masterful depictions of weather and seasons, and a number of especially lovely moonlit scenes. These poetic and atmospheric views offer a captivating vision of the beautiful and often dramatic countryside of Japan.
Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Oi, Station 47 - Beautiful winter landscape scene of two travelers on horseback, their mounts being led by men walking. They trudge forward slowly with heads down, their straw hats and mantles blanketed with snow as flakes gently fall around them, tall pine trees flanking the path. Beautiful shading in the cold gray sky, with a fine hand-applied spattering of white pigment to simulate falling snow. A masterwork Hiroshige design. This print is considered the most highly desirable subject from the Kisokaido.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 13 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.