Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Mie River Near Yokkaichi
Series; Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido
Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto along the Tokaido road. The journey was an eye opening and life changing experience for him. As an urban man of Edo he had experienced life mainly in the capital. He immediately returned to Edo after the trip and began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's Tokaido prints are an opportunity to be transported back in time to see this world as Hiroshige did in the shadow of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
- 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.
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.
The Mie River Near Yokkaichi - Wonderful Hiroshige print from his famous Hoeido Tokaido. The lone outpost at the Mie River on a windy day. One traveler wearing a kimono billowing in the wind, another chasing his hat having blown off his head.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 13 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Very nice condition overall.