Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Dewa Province, Mogami River, A Perspective View of Mount Gassan
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.
Fine printing from the respected Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha - These classic designs were produced by the well known Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha amidst a resurgence of interest in ukiyo-e. Like many of these traditional businesses, the woodblock print craft was passed down through generations, and the Oedo Mokuhansha company was formed by descendents of an Edo era publisher. These are nice prints of the highest quality standards and an excellent choice if you are looking for fine old woodblock reprints.
Dewa Province, Mogami River, A Perspective View of Mount Gassan - The Mogami River is crowded with fishermen and cargo ships in this wonderful Hiroshige landscape print. The thatched roofs of villages can be spotted nestled among the surrounding hills and in the distance Mount Gassan towers above the clouds. Beautiful print with excellent color and fine detail.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 9 3/4" x 14 7/8"
Condition - Excellent with no issues to report.