This is an original color woodblock print by the famous artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858). It is titled “Benkei Moat from Soto-Sakurada to Kōjimachi – Soto-Sakurada Benkeibori Ku jimachi” and is print number 66 of the series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo- Meisho Edo Hyakkei”.
The broad stretch of water depicted here represents a segment of the great inner moat of Edo Castle. The red gated mansion to the upper left belonged to Ii Naosuke, one of the shogun's closest political advisers. It was along the road to the lower left that he was assassinated by a group of hot-headed young loyalist Samurai as he proceeded from his mansion to Edo Castle on a snowy day in early 1860.
Country of Origin: Japan
Medium: Color Woodblock Print on Paper.
Circa: 5th month 1856.
Artist: Ando (Utagawa) Hiroshige (1797 – 1858).
Publisher: Uo-Ei (Uoya Eikichi).
Signed: Hiroshige ga.
Condition: Overall still good condition with fine printing impression and color preservation. Rubbings, browning and staining. Slight material loss, small tears and holes along the margins.
Size: Oban. Size of the sheet is 9.3 x 13.6 inches.
Provenance: Alexander Zacke (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.
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