Hiroshige: Fukagawa Lumberyards (Fukagawa Kiba)
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Fukagawa Lumberyards (Fukagawa Kiba)
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
Date: 1856, 8th month
This famous snow scene is effortlessly executed with perfect geometry: the eye follows a pair of sparrows, along the diagonally slanted lumber to the pair of puppies, down to an umbrella whose spines point back up to two men poling logs in straw capes and back up along the water into the distance. The diagonals and verticals and horizontals are perfectly geometric and harmonious, without a shred of effort or artifice showing; this is the genius of Hiroshige! In later editions the sky is executed mostly in black.One of the best snow designs in the series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Margin trimmed close to lower border.
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo:plate 106.
Seal: Aratame & date year
Signature: Hiroshige ga