Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Settsu Province, Sumiyoshi, Idemi Beach
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.
- From a fine collection of mid-20th century Utamaro reprints published by Mainichi Shimbun. This small Tokyo publisher carved blocks and reprinted many of the great masterwork designs of the Edo era. Their work was exquisite with an emphasis on quality, not quantity. Note the exceptional detail, carefully shaded printing, fine mica backgrounds, embossing, and other deluxe techniques. Mainichi prints are perfect for the collector or for the highest quality reprint for display.
Settsu Province, Sumiyoshi, Idemi Beach - Terrific depiction of Idemi Beach and the Osaka bay from Hiroshige's "60-odd Provinces" series. A lighthouse, part of the nearby Sumiyoshi Shrine, rises above a cluster of pine trees in the foreground. The Shinto shrine, one of the oldest in Japan, is dedicated to the gods of the sea. Lovely Hiroshige reprint.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 3/4"
Condition - The print with excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details.