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Hiroshige, Utagawa (Plate 12 Ueno Yamashi) One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. Japan 1857. Framed Sold

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Plate 12 Spring  “Ueno Yamashi”

Original woodblock print included in “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.”  This colored wood block prints created by Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese 1797-1858). Hiroshige was the last great artist in the tradition of ukiyo-e. Hiroshige greatest talent was creating landscapes of his native Edo (Tokoyo) and One Hundred Views of Edo was his final masterpiece.

Ukiyo-e literally means “pictures of the floating world” and was the woodblock print genre that originated in 17th century Japan, practically synonymous with the western world’s visual characterization of Japan.  The influence of Ukiyo-e in Europe and the United States can be seen in everything from Impressionistic painting (Matisse, Mary Cassatt, Monet, Degas, etc) and today’s anime illustration.

This portfolio of 120 prints was printed between 1856-58 by Uoya Eikichi and displays the various identifying stamps. The vertical rectangular stamp in the upper right contains the title of the series on a red ground. The square cartouche in the upper right contains title of each print and the artist’s signature appears in the red vertical cartouche (Hiroshige – ga). The publisher’s seal is shown in the outside lower left margin of each print. The prints measure approx. 12 x 16 inches and are referred to as vertical oban size.

Wonderful original Japanese woodblock engraving in excellent original condition, archivally framed.

Wood block engraving printed in original colors.
12 x 16” sheet.
Excellent condition. Archivally framed.