Hiroshige 広重: Fukagawa Lumberyards. $16,500
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige 広重 (1797-1858)
Title: Fukagawa Lumberyards
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo 名所江戸百景 (Meisho Edo Hyakkei)
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! One of the best snow designs in this incomparable and influential series.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. With mica highlihgts in the sky.
Dimensions: ôban (36 x 24.1 cm)
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo, plate 106. See MFA Boston, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art, British Museum, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Chazen Museum, Honolulu Academy of Art.
Signature: Hiroshige ga