Hiroshige 広重: Pine of Success and Oumayagashi, Asakusa River from 100 Views of Edo
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重 (1797-1858)
Title: Pine of Success and Oumayagashi, Asakusa River
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo Hyakkei)
Evening on the Sumida River at the location of the Oumayabashi Ferry. A large pine tree stretches overhead, named the Pine of Success (Shubi no matsu), which was placed at the end of the middle pier of the bakufu’s large Asakusa rice granary. The black-against black printing of the pine tree must be seen in person to be appreciated, as the pine tree has a layer of sparkling mica on it. In the foreground is a roofed pleasure boat with two pairs of shoes visible on the stern. We see the silhouette of a woman who seems to be offering a bowl to an unseen guest. With woodgrain evident in the sky and large, clean margins.
Condition: Very good impression. Excellent color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (37.5 x 25.1 cm)
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo, plate 61. See the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA Boston, Chazen and Honolulu Museum collections. This impression compares with the Chazen example.
Seal: Censor’s seal “Aratame” and Date seal
Signature: Hiroshige ga