This is an original color woodblock print by the famous artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858). It is titled "Kanbara station – view from the Iwabuchi hill on the Fujigawa – Kanbara Iwabuchi no oka yori Fujigawa chobo" and is print number 16 of the series "The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido - Tokaido Gojusan Tsugi Meisho Dzuye". This series is also known as the Vertical or Tate-e Tokaido.
Country of Origin: Japan.
Media: Color Woodblock Print on Paper.
Circa: 7th month 1855.
Size: Oban. Size of the sheet is 9.5 x 14.3 inches.
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo.
Artist: Ando (Utagawa) Hiroshige (1797 – 1858).
Signed: Hiroshige sha.
Condition: Overall still Good Condition with fine printing impression and color preservation. Browning and staining. Few tears and creases along the margins. The overall condition is as you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed over the lifetimes of several owners.
Provenance: Alexander Zacke (the founder of Auctionata).
About the Artist:
Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) is a world famous Japanese painter and printmaker, known especially for his landscape prints. The last great figure of the Ukiyo-e, or popular, school of printmaking, he transmuted everyday landscapes into intimate, lyrical scenes.
Hiroshige apprenticed at the studio of Utagawa Toyohiro and in 1812 took his teacher's name (a sign of graduation), signing his work Utagawa Hiroshige. His series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" began to be published in February, 1856 and was completed in October, 1858, which is the year Hiroshige died. It is said to be one of his greatest works and is also known that the series has the patterns that influenced the Impressionists in Europe strongly. Artists such as Degas and Van Gogh greatly admired Hiroshige's dynamism and his ability to capture the gestures of figures so subtly.