Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Tsuchiyama: View of Rain below the Suzuka Mountains
Series; Cutouts for the Fifty-three Stations
A Special Boston Collection - We are excited to share with you a special collection of Meiji era designs, original shin-hanga prints, and high quality reprints. During a recent trip to Boston, we purchased the remaining stock from a gallery specializing in Japanese woodblock prints. This Boston gallery opened in the mid 1920's and went out of business in 1933 during the Great Depression. The original owner's daughter had kept the prints safely stored for more than 75 years! These terrific works are in wonderful condition, looking almost as if they came straight from the publisher. A real treasure trove of pre-WWII prints, with original designs ranging from classic poem slips, serene landscapes, charming birds and flowers, and popular silhouette scenes, to reprints of masterworks by Hiroshige. A great opportunity to purchase an excellent early 20th century woodblock at a low Fuji Arts price!
- 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.
Tsuchiyama: View of Rain below the Suzuka Mountains - Atmospheric scene of rain slanting across the dark sky below the Suzuka Mountains at Tsuchiyama. The water below is framed by tall pines towering above a torii gate, with a willow overhanging the river. Beautiful shading in this handsome design, taken from an unusual Hiroshige series of harimaze or cutout pictures of the Tokaido Road stations.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 1/8" x 6 5/8" + bottom margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A couple light creases at corner, slight soiling at edge. Please see photos for details. Good overall.