This is an original color woodblock print by the famous artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858). It is titled “Distant View of Kinryūzan Temple and Azuma Bridge - Azumabashi Kinryuzan Enbo” and is print number 39 of the series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo- Meisho Edo Hyakkei”.
The pleasure boat in the foreground of this scene features a discreetly hidden geisha. The shower of petals fluttering by suggests that they have just enjoyed a day viewing cherry blossoms. Beyond is the "distant view" of the title. To the right we find the huge main hall and the towering five-story pagoda of Asakusa Kannon Temple. To the left is Azuma Bridge and beyond in the far distance we see the peak of Mount Fuji.
Size: Oban. Size of the sheet (without the Japan paper mount) is 9.2 x 13.4 inches.
Country of Origin: Japan.
Date: 8th Month 1857.
Medium, Manufacturing Technique: Color Woodblock print on paper.
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. Very thin paper. Mounted on Japan paper along the margins. Slight material loss, small tears and holes along the margins. The overall condition is as you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners.
Provenance: Purchased from Alexander Zacke, Founder of Auctionata.
His Estimate: $1500.00 - $3000.00
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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