The Crossroad at Kusatsu, No.69

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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The Crossroad at Kusatsu, No.69 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Crossroad at Kusatsu, No.69

Series; Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido

The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido - Hiroshige’s fantastic Kisokaido series was designed in collaboration with Keisei Eisen in the mid-1830s. Comprised of seventy prints, Eisen contributed 23 images to the series, with Hiroshige providing the rest. This masterpiece series chronicles life along the Kiso Highway, the upper road along the mountains from Edo to Kyoto, mirroring the lower Tokaido. Hiroshige's Kisokaido landscapes maintain his typical balance between figures and nature, with masterful depictions of weather and seasons, and a number of especially lovely moonlit scenes. These poetic and atmospheric views offer a captivating vision of the beautiful and often dramatic countryside of Japan.

Gihachi Okuyama Nippon Wood-prints Studio - In 1946, woodblock print artist Gihachi or Gihachiro Okuyama created the Japanese Hanga Institution (Nippon Wood-prints Studio) along with other artists to help re-establish traditional Japanese woodblock printing, which had fallen out of favor. The Tokyo studio produced fine woodblock reprints of classic ukiyo-e subjects, including works by Hiroshige and Hokusai. Unfortunately, the studio did not do well financially and was closed, likely around 1954. Beautifully printed and detailed, these high-quality reprints are a wonderful way to acquire a classic ukiyo-e image.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 8 3/4" x 13 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight thinning or paper remnants on reverse at three points on top edge from original publisher mounting. A few prints have slight toning or a few small creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Generally in nice condition overall.

The Crossroad at Kusatsu, No.69 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
The Crossroad at Kusatsu, No.69 by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)