After Hiroshige Ando, Yokkaichi, Tokaido 53 Stations Mid-20th-century woodblock

An original mid-20th-century woodblock print, After Hiroshige Ando Yokkaichi, Tokaido 53 Stations.

This print depicts Yokkaichi-juku in the 1830s, the forty-third of the fifty-three stations of the Tokaido. A man chases after his hat on a windy day. Today the city of Yokkaichi, in Mie Prefecture, Japan, is dominated by the petrochemical industry, but in the time of Hiroshige, it was a small lonesome town on the sea.

There are marks at the lower left corner and lower edge of the sheet as shown; otherwise in fine condition.
14.7cm x 19.8cm.

This posthumous reprint of a classic ukiyo-e print is by Kyoto publishers Uchida Art Co, Ltd, who have been producing artist quality woodblock prints since 1919. Combining the artisan skills of the designer, carver and printer, Uchida Art Co works to keep the values of the Golden Age of Japanese printmaking of the ukiyo-e era alive in the Showa period.

This print is after a series by Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858) depicting scenes from the “Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido”. The Tokaido road, linking the shogun's capital, Edo, to the imperial one, Kyoto, was the main transport artery of old Japan. Hiroshige first travelled the length of the road in 1832 and its landscapes and people made a profound impression on him, after which he made this series of prints.

Comes with description on a separate sheet as pictured.

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Product code: JC-176

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