Item No: facjp00043
Title: No. 16 "Night Snow" from the series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido
Print and Picture Collection
"In the early 1830's, Hiroshige's first landscape prints appeared. He subsequently became the leading landscape artist and was especially known for his series on the Tokaido highway that connected Edo (present day Tokyo) with Kyoto. The earliest and most famous of these, generally known by the name of the publisher as 'Hoeido ban Tokaido' (Tokaido published by Hoeido), was issued from 1832-33. Hiroshige III stated sixty years later that Hiroshige's designs are after sketches he took during a journey to Kyoto, however, most of his designs are undoubtedly inspired from illustrations in guide books like the Tokaido meisho zue ('Gathering of Views of Famouse Sightss alonf the Tokaido;' 1797) and even this alleged journey cannot be verified."
from "Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900", Andreas Marks. Tuttle Publishing. p.132
"This print, which was executed almost entirely in shades of black, with white patches left for the snow, is doubtless the best single print in the Tokaido series and one of the best woodblock prints ever made in Japan. Unlike most of Hrioshige's landscapes, however, it is almost entirely imaginary."
from "The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido by Hiroshige", Tokyo, Japan. Heibonsha Ltd., Publishers, 1960. plate 16
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Woodblock Prints - The Fifty-three Stations of the T?kaid? Road
Hiroshige, Utagawa, 1797-1858 - Artist
Takenouchi Magohachi - Publisher