Hiroshige: Moon-Viewing Point
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Moon-Viewing Point
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
A picture-perfect setting in disarray after its main guests have departed. We see the remnants of entertainment along the far wall, including the very edge of a figure of a geisha who his packing up her shamisen. The silhouette at left is that of a courtesan preparing for bed with an unseen customer. Henry Smith II describes it best: “Thus we have experienced the whole evening: the view over the moonlit sea by direct observation, the banquet by reading its leftovers, and the pleasure to come by erotic suggestion.” He also notes that “The perfectly executed gradations of sea, sky and horizon provide balance and elegance”.
Condition: Excellent color; very good impression, and condition. Minor crease near left margin.
Dimensions: ôban 35.5 x 25 cm
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II; Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo, plate 82.
Seal: Aratame & snake year
Signature: Hiroshige ga