Distant View of Mount Akiba at Kakegawa

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Distant View of Mount Akiba at Kakegawa

 

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.

 

Uedo Mokuhansha

Fine 1950s printing from the respected Tokyo publisher Uedo Mokuhansha - These classic designs were produced by the well known Tokyo publisher Uedo Mokuhansha amidst a resurgence of interest in ukiyo-e in the early 1950s.

Like many of these traditional businesses, the woodblock print craft was passed down through generations, and the Uedo Mokuhansha company was formed by descendents of an Edo era publisher. These are nice early prints of the highest quality standards and an excellent choice if you are looking for fine old woodblock reprints.

 

Distant View of Mount Akiba at Kakegawa

Handsome view of travelers crossing an earthen bridge at Kakegawa on a windy day, kites flying above. A young boy in a tie-dyed robe dances about excitedly as he watches a kite flying high above, and another sailing off across the sky trailing its string. Farmers are busy in the rice paddies at right, and the dark form of Mt. Akiba looms in the distance. A terrific composition with wonderful detail and fine bokashi shading.

 

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - With excellent color and detail. Slight toning and spotting as shown. Please see photos for 

 

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