Shisaku in Ike Province (No. 68)
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Shisaku in Ike Province (No. 68), c. 1853-1856
Ink on Paper
13 1/2 in. x 8 13/16 in. (34.29 cm x 22.38 cm)
Signed Hiroshige ga in a red cartouche. Publisher's seal (Koshimuraya Heisuke).
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print; oban tat-e.
Ninteenth century Japanese color woodblock print depicting a snowy mountain peak with one lone pine tree on top, surrounded by water. In middle distance a headland juts out into the sea, joined to the mainland by a low narrow neck; hilly coast-line in background, all white with snow. A masterpiece.... The hill in foreground should be tinted grey at base, white to summit; sky blackest at top, then deep grey down to the horizon; sea deep blue at edges of shore, lighter in centre. (Source: Basil Stewart, p.162)
Koshimuraya Heisuke (c. 1853-1856).
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