Hiroshige: Ryôgoku Bridge and the Great Riverbank
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Ryôgoku Bridge and the Great Riverbank
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
Hiroshige himself wrote that Ryôgoku Bridge was “the liveliest place in the Eastern Capital...day and night, the amusements never cease” (Ehon Edo Miyage, vol. I). Here he has focused on the everyday traffic on and above the river, rather than the hustle and bustle of the entertainment centers along the banks. As Henry Smith II notes “...the artist has simply supplied the form, in a balanced Z-shaped composition that emphasizes the role of the bridge as a place of passage rather than a node of pleasure”.
One can feel the energy of the place in this design brimming with vitality and bright colors.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Minor repaired wormage in margins.
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo:plate 59.
Signature: Hiroshige ga