HIROSHIGE Fukakawa

HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Fukagawa  Susaki Juman-tsubo

 

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HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Fukagawa  Susaki Juman-tsubo
Series:  (Meisho Edo Hyakkei) 100 Famous Views of Edo
Publisher: Uoei
1857

An acknowledged masterpiece of the series. A floating bucket or barrel seems to have caught the attention of a magnificent eagle hovering over the snowy coastal plain at Suzaki. In the early 20th century this design received the highest auction price (by far) of any of the prints in the 100 Views of Edo.  So popular and striking was it that the Russian filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein, famously credited the Hiroshige print as being a major influence on his movie: “Ivan the Terrible”. Originally Fukukawa Susaki was a swamp near the southeast edge of Edo.  Two engineers applied to the shogun in the 18th century to reclaim it, and did so. As you can see in this print, it was still a pretty desolate place with Mt Tsukuba and the Chiba mountains in the distance.

In later editions the sky will become a dark blue.

Oban tate-e.  Album backing.  Small repaired  wormhole.  Left and bottom edge extended.

 

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