Classic 1896 HIROSHIGE Japanese woodblock print: “OKITSU RIVER, OKITSU”

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Seller: ukiarts (334) 100%, Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382932057983 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Classic Hiroshige! From the Sought-After 1896 Tōkaidō Edition! Ando Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), 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. 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. “The Okitsu River at Okitsu” represents the 17th station of Hiroshige’s renowned series “The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido.” Okitsu was established in 1601 and was situated between the post stations of Yui and Ejiri. It is now part of the Shimizu-ku area of Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture. This striking print depicts a humorous view of two gigantic sumo wrestlers being carried up the river bed of the Okitsu River near Tago Beach. One rides on a pack horse while the other is transported in a palanquin by four men. Out at sea are the sails of several fishing boats. This desirable and important antique print would be a wonderful choice for the serious collector and the interior decorator. It would be striking displayed on your home or office wall. 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: The Okitsu River at Okitsu. SERIES: Hoeido Tokaido. (The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido.) MEDIUM: Authentic polychrome woodblock print. Ink and color on handmade paper. IMAGE SIZE: Approx. 8 7/8” x 13 7/8”; (22,5 cm x 35,2 cm). SHEET SIZE: Approx. 9 7/8” x 14 7/8”; (25,1 cm x 37,8 cm). CONDITION: Posthumous 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: Posthumous 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, Maker: Descendants of original Tokaido publisher, Age: Meiji era, 1896, Original/Reproduction: Antique Reproduction

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