Hiroshige Ando, Gokei Valley in Bitchu, Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858)
Title: The Go Gorge in Bitchu Province
Series title: Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces
Publisher: Koshimuraya Heisuke
Date: 1856-1858
Size: 35.4 x 24.1 cm
Condition: No original margin, backed, minor creases.

Hiroshige I was renowned as one of the most skilled landscape artists of his time. Following in the footsteps of his teacher, Toyohiro Utagawa, he embraced producing images of natural landscapes at a time when travel between provinces was becoming more common, and convenient. With this new ease of travel came the demand for guides to these foreign locales in the form of both writing and images. Hiroshige I' followed his groundbreaking 'Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido' with a long career of series of both serene, and bustling, landscapes.

In 1853 he began his 'Famous Views of the Sixty Odd Provinces', a series of sixty-nine prints, each giving a view of a famous sight from each of the sixty-eight provinces, and the capital Edo. Taking views stretching across the whole of the country of the Japan at the time, it was a little window into what was available for those looking to travel to any province.

Gokei Valley in Bitchu Province was famous for the strange granite rock formations along the Makidani Rover, attracting many visitors each year. The small figures on the shore emphasise the overwhelming nature around them.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title The Go Gorge in Bitchu Province
Subject Landscapes
Dimensions 35.4 x 24.1 cm
Condition Report No original margin, backed, minor creases.