Hiroshige: Flower Pavilion, Dango Slope, Sendagi--First Deluxe Edition (Sold)
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Title: Flower Pavilion, Dango Slope, Sendagi
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Meisho Edo Hyakkei
Delightful view of Edoites enjoying a grove of blooming cherry trees, below, and a view of Ueno from the Flower Pavilion, upper right. Hiroshige has employed the “Genji clouds” in the middle of the scene to separate the two types of enjoyments. This flower pavilion, the Shisentei, was founded by a gardener and featured flowers that bloomed during all four seasons. The impression is so early that the blossoms on the cherry trees seem to have embossing, as the edges of the blocks are so crisp and new. There is strong woodgrain the lake below and in the sky above. Along the shoreline the fresh green leaves of irises poke up at the edge of pond below. Deluxe First Edition--Heavenly.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint first edition.
Dimensions: ôban (36.5 x 24.6 cm)
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo, plate 16. See also the online museum collections of AIC, MFA, Brooklyn, MET Museum.
Signature: Hiroshige ga