Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido - In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto along the Tokaido road. The journey was an eye opening and life changing experience for him. As an urban man of Edo he had experienced life mainly in the capital. He immediately returned to Edo after the trip and began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's Tokaido prints are an opportunity to be transported back in time to see this world as Hiroshige did in the shadow of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
The Okitsu River at Okitsu - Wonderful Hiroshige print depicting traveling sumo wrestlers crossing the Okitsu River near Tago Beach. One wrestler rides atop a horse while four men struggle to carry his companion in a palanquin. Fantastic, jutting rocks rise above the sandy riverbank at left, while sails can be seen in the distance, beyond the shore dotted with pine trees. A handsome design with fine bokashi shading in the water and sky.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 13 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.