Dawn Inside the Yoshiwara

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Dawn Inside the Yoshiwara  by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Dawn Inside the Yoshiwara

Series; One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
A Fine Tokyo Reprint Collection

One Hundred Famous Views of Edo - In 1856, Hiroshige began designing what was to be his last great series and a masterpiece, "One Famous Views of Edo." Each print from this series was a classic Hiroshige landscape work, taking advantage of the vertical format to capture a slice of life from Edo in dramatic and interesting ways. The series was very popular with the public and new releases were eagerly anticipated over the time that Hiroshige released the designs. Beautifully colored and finely printed, our prints from this series are a nice opportunity to collect these 19th century landscape images.

Dawn Inside the Yoshiwara - Evocative view of the Yoshiwara at dawn in early spring, a rosy glow peeping above the horizon as the sun begins to rise. In his book, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo," Braziller calls this "one of the most beautifully executed prints of the entire series." Teahouses extend into the distance beyond the gateway, shadowed in gray under the deep blue night sky as it transitions to morning. At left, a guest fastens a discreet hood over his face as he prepares to leave the quarters, a few beauties in the street behind him. The Yoshiwara's famous cherry trees are in bloom in the fenced gardens in the foreground, and a flush of green at the bottom hints at the full spring yet to come. A lovely design with fine bokashi shading.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

Dawn Inside the Yoshiwara  by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Dawn Inside the Yoshiwara  by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)