Hiroshige I and Toyokuni III Utagawa, Kanaya, Oi River, Mount Fuji, Tokaido

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Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III Utagawa (1786-1864)
Title: Kanaya - Panoramic View of the Oi River and Mount Fuji from the Kanaya Slope Road
Series title: Two Brushes Tokaido
Publisher: Maruya Kyushiro
Date: 1854-55
Size: 36.4 x 25.7 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Sohitsu [lit. twin brushes] is a term used to describe collaborative designs in the ukiyo-e woodblock print tradition. Collaborations between artists were common during this period and were done largely with political purpose as a way to show solidarity between artists in the face of increased government censorship. For each print in this spectacular series, Hiroshige created the landscapes and Kunisada designed the figures in the foreground. The two artists were close companions and worked together on various compositions throughout their careers.

Tokaido was the most important travel route between the city of Edo and the capital Kyoto. Along this road were numerous stations or posts that offered refreshments and lodging for travellers. Tokaido was a favourite subject in woodblock prints produced in the Edo period and frequently associated with events or characters, as is also the case in this collaborative series.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title Kanaya - Panoramic View of the Oi River and Mount Fuji from the Kanaya Slope Road
Subject Landscapes
Dimensions 36.4 x 25.7 cm
Condition Report Soiling, glue and ink stains, some holes and creases.