This is an original color woodblock print by the famous artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858). It is titled “The Yoroi Ferry in Koami-cho - Yoroi no Watashi Koami-chō” and is print number 45 of the series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo- Meisho Edo Hyakkei”.
The Yoroi Ferry, which we see in the distance loaded with a standing crowd, transported passengers across the Nihonbashi River. Behind the ferry are the warehouses of Koami-chō, which stored rice, soy, and oil for the capital.
Country of Origin: Japan.
Size: Oban. Size of the sheet (without the Japan paper mount) is 9.2 x 13.6 inches.
Material, Medium: Color woodblock print on paper.
Circa: 10th month 1857.
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 right margin. Slight material loss, small tears and holes along the margins.
Provenance: Alexander Zacke (Founder of Auctionata).
Estimated Value: : US $ 1,500.00 to US $ 3,000.00. 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 subtle.
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