Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Sanuki Province, Distant View of Mount Zozu
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.
- In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Sanuki Province, Distant View of Mount Zozu - Handsome view of travelers along the road in Sanuki Province, making their way through a mountain pass flanked by flowering shrubs. In the middleground, a farmer leads his horse along an embankment between rice fields, with a village nestled beneath the pine trees. Mount Zozu rises in the distance, with the rooftops of Kotohira, a popular pilgrimage site, peeking above the forest.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - Approximately 13 3/4" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.