Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Suwa Bluff, Nippori
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..
Suwa Bluff, Nippori - Visitors to the Suwa Shrine sit and enjoy the open rural view of blossoming cherry trees, rice fields and Tsukuba mountain in the distance. Nippori Village lies down the path, the roofs of the village on the right side.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with beautiful color and fine detail. Please see photos for details.