Small Format Reproduction of: View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet, and Sekiya, No. 36 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Small Format Prints - Shin Hanga and Ukiyo-e Reproductions
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Small Format Reproduction, c. 1930s, of:

View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet, and Sekiya, No. 36 from the series

One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 1857

after Utagawa Hiroshige

Small Format Reproduction of: Fireworks at Ryōgoku, No. 98 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

IHL Cat. #1445

About This Print

A small format reproduction of Hiroshige's view of the Suijin woods by the Sumida River with Mount Tsukuba rising in the background.  Considered one of the masterpieces of this series.


Hiroshige's use of cropping in this print has resulted in a startling abstract composition. The window describes a half circle while the edge of the shoji screen forms a vertical row of squares like a ladder. This pure geometry gives the picture compelling graphic force.

Essentially, the artist has created a half-circular picture within this picture and thereby contrasted outside space to inside space. The latter, however, is very minimal, for most of the inside of the room has been cropped out of the picture. Nonetheless, Hiroshige leaves just enough room along the left edge of the picture to suggest the fragrance of the camellia in the flower holder hanging by the window. Contrasted to the camellia, is the plum blossom outside the window.

This print illustrates a scene in Masaki, which was a district of Edo with teahouses where visitors would drop in on their way to the nearby Asakusa gay quarters. Visible outside the window beyond the Sumida River is the famous Suijin Shrine, where the guardian deity of travelers is enshrined. This point at the river is also well known for a legendary story about the Heian court noble Ariwara no Narihira. Having lost his position in Kyoto, Narihira reached this spot and composed a waka poem concerning his desperate longing for a certain lady left behind in Kyoto. Thus, the image suggests the elevation of the love of the contemporary cosmopolitan Edo man, who frequents teahouses and geisha houses, by reference to the poetic love of a nobleman much earlier in history.


original oban size print, 1857
14 15/16 x 10 3/16 in. (38 x 25.9 cm)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1445
 Title  View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet, and Sekiya, No. 36 
 Massaki-hen yori Suijin no mori Uchigawa Sekiya no sato o miru zu
 真崎辺より水神の森内川関屋の里を見る図
 Series  One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
 Meisho Edo hyakkei 名所江戸百景
 Artist   after Utagawa Hiroshige I (1797-1858)
 Signature 
 廣重画 Hiroshige ga
 Seal of the Artist  not sealed
 Publication Date: Original Print  1857, 8th month
 Publication Date: Reproduction  c. 1930s
 Publisher: Original Print  Uoya Eikichi
 Publisher: Reproduction
Takemura Hideo 竹村秀雄 (H. Takemura & Co.) [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 524]
located in lower right corner
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Miscellaneous
 Genre  ukiyo-e, fukusei-ga
 Format  yatsugiri
 H x W Paper  5 1/4 x 3 7/16 in. (13.3 x 8.7 cm )
 H x W Image  5 1/8 x 3 5/16 in. (13 x 8.4 cm)  
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