Hiroshige Ando, Toto Sukiyagashi, Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji

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Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1979-1858)
Title: Toto Sukiyagashi
Series Title: Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo
Date: 1858
Size: 36.4 x 24.7 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

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's 'Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido' was the beginning of a long career of series of both serene, and bustling landscapes.

'The Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji' was one of Hiroshige's final series. While he produced two different series with the same name, the print visible here is from the latter. While the first series are half-sized prints oriented landscape, the second series is full-sized with portrait orientation.

This image captures Mount Fuji in a clear sky after snow and Sukiya embankment with part of the inner moat of Edo castle. Porters with loads are crossing the bridge leading into Sukiya Gate. The shape of Mount Fuji is cleverly reproduced in the shape of the house roofs lining the moat.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title Toto Sukiyagashi
Subject Landscapes
Dimensions 36.4 x 24.7 cm
Condition Report Backed, wear and soiling, slightly faded.