Rare Meiji HIROSHIGE Japanese woodblock print “LANDING ENTRY OF SHIRCHIRI FERRY”

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Seller: ukiarts (334) 100%, Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 223502423549 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. This is “Landing Entry of the Shichiri Ferry at Kuwana.” Kuwana was either the either the 42nd or the 43rd Station on the Tōkaidō depending if one counts the start as the first station or not. To avoid having to cross the numerous rivers flowing over Tōkaidō Road between Miya and Kuwana, many travelers chose made the journey by ferry instead of by foot. Hiroshige painted the original ca. 1831-1934. This reprint is from a later, Meiji Period, edition. It is a wonderful opportunity for the antique print collector or 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 Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia; as well as the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo. ARTIST: Ando Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858). TITLE: Landing Entry of the Shirchiri Ferry. SERIES: The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaidō 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 ½”; (25,1 cm x 36,8 cm). CONDITION: Antique Meiji era reprint. Exquisite detail with wonderful sense of age. Minor spotting, soiling and stains. Backed with heavy paper. Please take a moment to carefully 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 reprint. Exquisite detail with wonderful sense of age. Minor spotting, soiling and stains. Backed with heavy paper. Please take a moment to carefully 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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