Hiroshige: Ashida (Sold)
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Series: The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido
Date: ca. 1840
Hiroshige effectively depicts the roller coaster-like hills just past the post station of Ashida. In this unusual composition, the steepness of the undulating terrain subsumes all else, especially the travelers making their way along the path. Hiroshige has used artistic license to trade the region’s pine trees for rod-straight cypress, probably to provide a visual counterpoint to the wave of the hill. He also apparently added the two small green-awninged rest stops. This work has a bold, modern and experimental feeling.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Collector’s seal, left margin. Extremely faint fold line in center, barely discernible.
Dimensions: ôban 24.2 x 36.5 cm
Publisher: Iseya Rihei
Literature: The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido: Hiroshige, Eisen by Sebastian Izzard, plate 27.
Signature: Hiroshige ga