This is an original color woodblock print by the famous artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858). It is titled “Shirasuka – view from the Shiomi hillside – Shirasuka Shiomi-zaka fukei” and is print number 33 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.
Medium: Color woodblock print on paper.
Artist: Ando (Utagawa) Hiroshige (1797 – 1858).
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo.
Signed: Hiroshige sha.
Circa: 7th month 1855.
Condition: Overall still good condition with fine printing impression and color preservation. Browning and staining. Few tears and creases along the margins. Remains of Japan paper on the backside.
Size: Oban. Size of the sheet is 9.8 x 13.8 inches.
Provenance: Alexander Zacke (founder of Auctionata)
Estimated Value when purchased - $1200.00 - $1800.00 (by Alexander Zacke).
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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