歌川広重 Utagawa Hiroshige（1797-1858）
The Kilns and Hashiba Ferry near the Sumida River, from the series of 100 Famous Views of Edo.
木版画 | 纵绘大判 | 36cm x 25cm
Woodblock-print | Oban tate-e | 36cm x 25cm
We know in his last, and perhaps greatest series, Hiroshige took us on an incredible tour of his hometown, Edo -- modern-day Tokyo. Famous sights were mixed with work-a-day locations, like lumber yards and, here, kilns for making tiles. In a bold compositional gambit, Hiroshige cuts the image almost in half with a thick plume of whitish smoke from the left of two kilns. The one to the right is apparently unlit. He even uses the smoke to block the view of the torii of Suijin Shrine on the opposite shore. It is spring, the sakura is in bloom, and two small wooden boats laden with passengers -- the Hashiba ferry of the title -- pass each other mid-river.
First edition in excellent condition; slight trimming to the margins.