Hiroshige Ando, Mishima, The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858)
Title: Mishima
Series title: The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido
Publisher: Hoeido
Date: 1833-1834
Size: 36.1 x 24.2 cm
Condition: Trimmed, wear and soiling, centrefold, hole restored, tear on the right bottom.

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.

In this design, Hiroshige depicts travellers setting out in the early morning mists. One is mounted, and the other is traveling by palanquin. The torii gate of Mishima Taisha shrine is in the background. The artist rendered the mist by choosing to print most of the details in the background with blue and grey and no contour.

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Print Format Oban (Horizontal)
Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title Mishima
Subject Landscapes
Dimensions 36.1 x 24.2 cm
Condition Report Trimmed, wear and soiling, centrefold, hole restored, tear on the right bottom.