Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene

Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene
Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene
Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene
Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene
Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene
Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene
Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene
Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene
Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene

Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene

This work is an Original Antique print by Utagawa/Ando Hiroshige, one of the most famous masters of Ukiyo-e ("Pictures of the Floating World"). This style of Japanese woodblock print and painting from the Edo 17th - 19th C. Period depicts famous theater actors, beautiful courtesans, city life, travel in romantic landscapes, and erotic scenes.

Very Theatrical in a dark way. We date this piece to the mid to late 19th C. The colors have surprising depth but there are areas of wormwood damage.

They appear mostly in the text above. It is possible his signature (plate signed, most likely) is in the lower right corner of the image.

Written on back - "Hiroshige Original Woodblock Print", in pencil. Image opening measures 4 1/2 X 6 1/2 and is in Good condition. Outside measure of the frame is 11 3/4 X 14 and is in Good condition w/ missing gold on upper right corner. Please carefully examine all images for condition. Apologies for glare or reflection in images due to photographing under glass.

Born in Edo as Tokutaro Ando, Hiroshige grew up in a minor samurai family. His father belonged to the firefighting force assigned to Edo Castle. It is here that Hiroshige was given his first exposure to art: legend has it that a fellow fireman tutored him in the Kano school of painting, though Hiroshige's first official teacher was Rinsai.

Though Hiroshige tried to join Utagawa Toyokuni's studio, he was turned away. In 1811, young Hiroshige entered an apprenticeship with the celebrated Utagawa Toyohiro. After only a year, he was bestowed with the artist name Hiroshige. He soon gave up his role in the fire department to focus entirely on painting and print design. During this time he studied painting, intrigued by the Shijo school. Hiroshige's artistic genius went largely unnoticed until 1832.

With the Tokugawa Shogunate relaxing centuries of age-old restrictions on travel, urban populations embraced travel art and Hiroshige became one of the most prominent and successful ukiyo-e artists. He also produced kacho-e (bird-and-flower pictures) to enormous success. In 1858, at the age of 61, he passed away as a result of the Edo cholera epidemic. Hiroshige's prints continue to convey the beauty of Japan and provide insight into the everyday life of its citizens.

The appeal of his tender, lyrical landscapes was not restricted to the Japanese audience. Hiroshige's work had a profound influence on the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists of Europe: Toulouse-Lautrec was fascinated with Hiroshige's daring diagonal compositions and inventive use of perspective, Van Gogh literally copied two prints from Hiroshige's famed series, 100 Famous Views of Edo in oil paint. Check out our other art work auctions. You never know the gems you will find!

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Rare Antique Japanese Hiroshige Original Woodblock Play Figures Death Scene