Hiroshige I, Toyama, Famous Views of Sixty Odd Provinces

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Artist: Ando Hiroshige I (1797–1858)
Title: 34. Toyama, Funabashi in Etchu Province
Series: Famous Views of Sixty Odd Provinces
Publisher: Koshimuraya Heisuke
Date: c.1854-1856
Dimensions: 23.8 x 35.9 cm
Condition: Small pinhole on top right of print. Tape remaining from previous mount. Trimmed.

 

Ando Hiroshige’s series Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces reflects the growing interest in travel and pilgrimage during the Edo Period (c.1603-1868). The series documents Japan’s sixty-eight provinces and its capital city Edo via their famous topographical features or particular places of interest. The prints were not only appreciated aesthetically but also served as a geographical guide for people setting out on their own journeys. Upon its publication, the series was commended for its extensive use of bokashi (gradation printing) and for its novel vertical format as opposed to the standard horizontal format used in the landscape genre.

 

In this print, the village of Toyama in Etchu Province is visible along the river bank. Although there were many pontoon structures throughout Japan, Toyama was home to the most famous built over the Jinzu River in the late seventeenth century. Hiroshige’s use of bokashi is evident here in the dark sky and the detail of the river depths.

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Artist Name Hiroshige Ando
Title Toyama, Funabashi in Etchu Province
Subject Landscapes
Condition Report Small pinhole on top right of print. Tape remaining from previous mount. Trimmed.
Dimensions 23.8 x 35.9 cm
Series Famous Views of Sixty Odd Provinces