Very rare 19th Century Woodblock Print of Ochanomizu, from the series Thirty-six Views of the Eastern Capital, by. Original Japanese woodblock print showing People Walking at Ochanomizu. Series - 36 Views of the Eastern Capital.The piece is glazed and mounted in an original antique ebonised frame. Considered the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre ("pictures of the floating world"), the Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (17971858) was a hugely influential figure, not only in his homeland but also on Western painting.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, as a part of the trend in Japonism, European artists such as Monet, Whistler, and Cézanne, looked to Hiroshiges work for inspiration, and a certain Vincent van Gogh was known to paint copies of his prints. Hiroshige was born in 1797 to a samurai family in Edo (modern Tokyo). After his parents died, around the age of fourteen, Hiroshige began to take up painting and studied for several years under the artist Toyohiro. During this period he produced many works reflecting traditional ukiyo-e themes such as women and actors, but upon Toyohiro's death in 1928 he underwent a pronounced shift toward the landscapes for which he is best known today, as well as bird and flower images. His most famous series include.Famous Views of the Eastern Capital. The Fifty-three Stations of the Tkaid. The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaid. Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. In 1856, around the age of 60, Hiroshige "retired from the world", becoming a Buddhist monk.
Two years later he passed away (during the great Edo cholera epidemic, though it's not known if this was the cause of death) and was buried in a Zen temple in Asakusa. Just before his passing, he wrote the following poem.I leave my brush in the East And set forth on my journey. I shall see the famous places in the Western Land.
Minor surface markings and visible foxing to print. Some scuffs and scrapes to antique frame.
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The item "Very Rare UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE II Ochanomizu Woodblock Print 1797-1858" is in sale since Friday, March 6, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Japanese\Prints". The seller is "rare-curious" and is located in Chelmsford , Essex. This item can be shipped worldwide.