Hiroshige I and Toyokuni III Utagawa, Mount Osaka and Actor, Tokaido

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Hiroshige Ando (1797 - 1858) and Toyokuni III Utagawa (1786-1864)
Title: Otsu - Mount Osaka and the Spring at the Barrier Gate; Actor Sawamura Sojuro III as Otomo no Kuronushi, author of the poem Kagamiyama
Series title: Two Brushes Tokaido
Publisher: Maruya Kyushiro
Date: 1854 - 1855
Size: 36.4 x 24.9 cm
Condition: Wear and soiling, tears and holes, light creases.

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 Toyokuni III Utagawa (Kunisada I)
Title Otsu - Mount Osaka and the Spring at the Barrier Gate
Subject Kabuki, Landscapes
Dimensions 36.4 x 24.9 cm
Condition Report Wear and soiling, tears and holes, light creases.