1920 Print Utagawa Hiroshige Art Ohashi Bridge Japan Raining Japanese XDA7
This 91+ year old Item is rated Near Mint. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the verso.
- Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Grayscale
- Grade: Near Mint
- Dimensions: Approximately 4.75 x 7 inches; 12 x 18 cm
- Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
- Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
This piece was illustrated by Hiroshige, Utagawa. There is no visible artist signature.
Also known as Ando Hiroshige and Ichiyusai Hiroshige, Utagawa was born in Edo (modern Tokyo), Japan with the name of Ando Tokutaro and would take the name Utagawa Hiroshige once he was accepted to the Utagawa School of Japan's Edo Period at the age of 15. Having been rejected from the school twice, the first time by the school's master Toyokuni and the second by Toyohiro, it would only take him one year, instead of the standard three, to earn the school name of Utagawa after Toyohiro took a second work at the young apprentice. However, this was not because of his exemplary and ground breaking artwork. By all accounts the young Hiroshige was relatively unremarkable aside from being a local hero because of a daring rescue in neighboring city Ogawa as a member of the fire-brigade which was a duty he would stay with most of his life. To earn his place in the school he would take on small pieces such as fan decoration and other small jobs. It wasn't until he published his serially produced landscape ukiyo-e (wood block print) collection Famous Views of the Eastern Capital that he would receive renown. Hiroshige would become known for his bijin-ga (beautiful faces) and yakusha-e (kabuki actor portraits) however, he is most famous for his landscape ukiyo-e. He would eventually become a master at the Utagawa school and teach many students his unique style, which was an amalgamation of skills from many of the surrounding schools, as well as impress and influence Western artists the likes of Van Gogh and Monet.