Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet, and Sekiya
Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
One Hundred Famous Views of Edo - In 1856, Hiroshige began designing what was to be his last great series and a masterpiece, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo." The series contains 118 vertical format woodblocks of classic Hiroshige landscapes. From spring cherry blossoms to summer fireworks, from quiet scenes along the river to lively festival celebrations, Hiroshige captures life in old Edo in dramatic and interesting ways. Hiroshige employed an inventive compositional technique in many of the prints, using large foreground elements to frame a distant view in the background, such as the image of Kinryuzan Temple seen through the doorway of the famous Thunder Gate. Beautifully printed with fine bokashi shading, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" retains its popularity today as one of Hiroshige's great masterworks, and includes some of his most memorable images.
Edo Tokyo Museum - A publisher seal in the left margin indicates that this print was published by the Edo Tokyo Museum. The museum commissioned high quality reprints of many of the ukiyo-e masterworks..
View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet, and Sekiya - A unique and terrific view from Hiroshige's "100 Views of Edo" series. Taken from the perspective of a teahouse near the Massaki Inari shrine, this print is one of the most striking designs from the series, the circular window framing a fantastic view of the Sumida River. A branch of a blossoming plum tree stretches past the window while boatmen navigate the waters of the Sumida. An absolutely fantastic design and a very rare find.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details.