This is an original color woodblock print by the famous artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858). It is titled “Hiratsuka, the rice field path – Hiratsuka Nawate-michi” and is print number 8 of the series “The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido - Tokaido Gojusan Tsugi No Uchi”.
Medium: Color woodblock print on paper.
Size: Oban. Size of the sheet is 8.7 x 13.8 inches.
Country of Origin: Japan.
Circa 1833 / 1834.
Artist: Ando (Utagawa) Hiroshige (1797 – 1858).
Signed: Hiroshige ga.
Condition: Colors are well preserved. Good printing impression. Backed with Japan paper. Rubbing, staining and abrasions. Was folded. Trimmed. Few tiny holes.
Provenance: Alexander Zacke (Founder of Auctionata).
Estimate (By Alexander Zacke): $ 1,200.00 to US $ 1,800.00.
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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