Hiroshige I Utagawa, Tanabata Festival, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Artist: Hiroshige I Ando (1797-1858)
Title: 73. The City Flourishing, Tanabata Festival
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Size: 34.5 x 23 cm
Condition: Discoloured, trimmed, holes restored, paper residue on the back.
Hiroshige I Utagawa 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.
'One Hundred Famous Views of Edo' is one of Hiroshige's most celebrated and recognisable series. This print captures a view over the rooftops of a district in Edo, with Mount Fuji in the distance. Among the print's most distinctive elements are the festival decorations fastened to bamboo poles, in honour of Tanabata. In the Edo period (1603 - 1868), Tanabata was one of the five official seasonal festivals (gosekku) sanctioned by the government. According to legend, the Milky Way separates two lovers, Orihime and Hikoboshi, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Hiroshige Ando|
|Title||73. The City Flourishing, Tanabata Festival|
|Dimensions||34.5 x 23 cm|
|Condition Report||Discoloured, trimmed, holes restored, paper residue on the back.|