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 Boundary Marker near Fujikawa - Handsome scene depicting the arrival of the shogun's entourage at Fujikawa on their way to Kyoto. Traditionally, the shogun would send the emperor a gift of horses every year. Here, town officials kneel along the roadway at the boundary marker to welcome the procession, bowing respectfully as three puppies play nearby. Lovely detail in the gently waving grasses at right and the tall trees framing the scene, with fine bokashi shading in background.
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.