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

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Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858)
Title: No.21 Okabe
Series title: The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido
Publisher: Hoei-do
Date: 1833-1834
Size: 24.4 x 36.6 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

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 No.21 Okabe
Subject Landscapes
Dimensions 24.4 x 36.6 cm
Condition Report Trimmed, vertical centrefold, wear and soiling, minor spots and stain, a few small holes, slight misprint.
Series The Fifty-Three Station of the Tokaido