Artist: Utagawa Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858)Title: Hiratsuka Ferry on the Banyu River and Distant View of Mount Oyama', Series ' Famous Sights of the Fifty-three Stations, No. 8Date: c1910-1920Medium: Woodblock PrintSize: 11.5" x 8"A beautiful vertical Tokaido seashore landscape, with boats and fisherman, with an expansive mountain range, including Mt. Fuji in the distance. This is a crepe print, known as chirimen-gami-e. Crepes were introduced as early as 1800, with a resurgence in the 1880s with the advent of crepe-paper books to satisfy a growing Western market. Best known are those published by the Hasegawa company, which was opened in 1885. Their chirimen-gami publications were especially popular for children's books, as the crepe paper was somewhat resistant to tearing and thus had a better chance of surviving handling by children. This print presents beautifully. It measures 11.5" high by 8" wide, including the margins. It is in excellent condition, no tears, holes or stains. It bears Hiroshige's Kanji cipher, and a series and title box in Kanji script. This woodblock image was first published c1855. This woodblock is later, likely c1910-1920.
Utagawa Hiroshige or Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) was a Japanese artist during the 19th century and is considered the last great master of the ukiyo-e movement. His approach was more poetic and ambient than the typical ukiyo-e style, and his innovative compositions were a great influence to Western painters, such as Vincent van Gogh. The term ukiyo-e translates to "pictures of the floating world" and refers to a genre of Japanese art with a wide span of imagery such as kabuki actors, folk tales, landscapes, and even erotica. This movement was critical in forming the Western perception of Japanese art.
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