Hiroshige Ando, Goyu, Fifty-three Stations of Tokaido

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858)
Title: 36. Goyu
Series: Fifty-three Stations of Tokaido
Publisher: Hoeido
Date: c. 1815-1842
Dimensions: 37.1 x 24.6 cm
Condition: Small holes and pinholes, some restored. Left margin slightly trimmed.

In 1832 Hiroshige was appointed by Bakufu, the feudal government of Japan, to accompany an official procession from Edo to Kyoto and then the residence of the emperor along the Tokaido road. The artist made many sketches during the journeys, resulting in the production of his most acclaimed series ‘Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road’ in the next two years. This series received a huge commercial success. It was rare for an artist (and regular people in general) to be able to travel and sketch landscapes from life rather than the imagination during the Edo period. If not for his appointment by the government, this kind of journey would have been near impossible.

The Hoeido edition of the Tokaido is Hiroshige's best known work. Coming just after Hokusai's 'Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji' series, it established this new major theme of ukiyo-e, the landscape print, or fukei-ga, with a special focus on famous views.

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Print Format Oban (Horizontal)
Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title 36. Goyu
Subject Male & Female, Landscapes
Dimensions 37.1 x 24.6 cm
Condition Report Small holes and pinholes, some restored. Left margin slightly trimmed.