1896 Meiji era restrike HIROSHIGE Japanese woodblock print “VIEW OF MOUNT AKIBA”

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Seller: ukiarts (334) 100%, Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382942679948 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Classic Hiroshige! From the Sought-After 1896 Tōkaidō Edition! This marvelous image is by one of the greatest, and most famous, of all the wonderful Japanese ukiyo-e artists, Ando Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858). Ando Hiroshige, also known as Utagawa Hiroshige, was a master of the Japanese art of ukiyo-e, color woodblock prints. The subjects of Hiroshige’s work were atypical of the ukiyo-e genre. Most artists of his time focused on beautiful women, popular actors or scenes of the yoshiwara, the pleasure districts of the Edo period, 1603-1868. However, Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes and images of birds and flowers. He was one of the first to utilize unusual vantage points, striking colors and realistic perspective. In fact Hiroshige’s genius for landscape composition was recognized, and sometimes even copied, by some of the great European Impressionist painters such as Vincent Van Gogh. In 1832 Hiroshige travelled from Edo to Kyoto along the 300-mile Tōkaidō road, the imperial highway along the east coast linking the two cities. It was during this trip that he made the sketches he developed into his most famous series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō. The series is considered to be one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art. It contains many of Hiroshige's best-loved and most extraordinary prints. This reprint is from a Meiji era edition of that series. Kakegawa is either the 26th or the 27th Station of the Tōkaidō, depending on whether one counts the start as the first station or not. This wonderful image shows travellers crossing the arched trestle-bridge high above the Kake River on a blustery afternoon. Two peer into the water below. Following behind them, a small boy watches a kite float up in the air, while another kite, with a broken string, flutters to earth. An old couple struggle against the strong wind as they toil to cross in the opposite direction. Farmers are transplanting rice in the flooded fields and in the distance Mount Akiba rising above the mists. A shrine standing on the top of a mountain near this station attracted worshippers from all over Japan who came to pray for protection against the calamity of fire. This impressive antique print would be a wonderful choice for the serious print collector and the interior decorator. It would be striking displayed on your home or office wall and is bound to become a cherished family heirloom. Hiroshige’s masterworks are in the collections of many of the world’s great museums. Among them are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the British Museum, London; the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia; as well as the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo. ARTIST: Ando Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858). TITLE: Distant View of Mount Akiba at Kakegawa. SERIES: Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō. MEDIUM: Authentic polychrome woodblock print. Ink and color on handmade paper. IMAGE SIZE: Approx. 8 ½” x 13 ½”; (21, 6 cm x 34,3 cm). SHEET SIZE: Approx. 9 ½” x 14 5/8”; (24,1 cm x 37,1 cm). CONDITION: Antique Meiji era 1896 restrike. Wonderful sense of age. Marvelous color and detail. Some soiling and a few faints spots. Backed with old paper. Please take a moment to examine the scans. Please bid or buy now. Thank you. The Uki Arts Gallery PS: Please click on “Visit Store” to see all of our Gallery’s current offerings. Be sure to also click on "Save this Seller" to see our new listings as they become available. International shipping is only $17.95! Please leave feedback. Condition: Antique Meiji era 1896 restrike. Wonderful sense of age. Marvelous color and detail. Some soiling and a few faints spots. Backed with old paper. Please take a moment to examine the scans., Region of Origin: Japan, Primary Material: Ink and color on handmade paper, Age: Meiji era, 1896, Original/Reproduction: Antique Reproduction

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