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- [Tokyo ca. 1920's, Watanabe]. An Oban color woodblock print, vertical format, sheet size: 24.6 x 38 cm., print size is: 21.6 x 35.7 cm.,excellent example no issues,signed in block, red Hanko [chop/seal], reprint of the 1857 First Edition. *** *** *** . . ONE OF HIROSHIGE'S MOST FAMOUS & LANDMARK ACHEIVEMENTS . . THE "FINAL MONMUMENT" TO HIROSHIGE'S GREAT CAREER . . SUPERB EXAMPLE AND SUBJECT: This print is one of the most desirable of all Hiroshige's production of prints. Coveted by collectors for about 150 years, this work commands world interest and the highest of prices regardless where and when it appears. . HIROSHIGE'S BEST COMPOSITION: This superb composition is in Lane's words: "Plebian citizens of Edo, caught on the Great Bridge across the Sumida River at Take, shielded themselves from a sudden shower. On the river a logger poles his raft and in the distance dimly, the houses and temples of Fukagawa and Honjo can be seen." Lane continues: "Hiroshige's "Ohashi" stands as the final monument of his career and was produced only a year before his death." See Lane below. . The cartouche at the upper right reads: "ATAKE NO YUDACHI: SUDDEN SHOWER AT ATAKE." The work also has the censor's or Kiwame seal at the top right margin indicated a date of October 1857. . *** THE ARTIST: ANDO HIROSHIGE I [1797-1858]: Was the last major master of the Ukiyo-e School. In 1811 he studied with Ukiyo-e master, Utagawa Toyohiro, from whom he received his "nom d'artiste" Hiroshige. His first published illustrated book was from 1818, during the following decades he published profusely. From 1831 he was greatly influenced by Hokusai and began his series of landscape prints. . *** WATANABE SHOZABURO REPRINT EDITION: . This is a Watanabe reprint of Hiroshige's most famous color woodblock color print. This is a circa 1920 excellent example and color woodcut print faithful to the original, exact in all details. It is an exact match for the print cited in Lane, page 183, no.187, and also in the Watanabe 1936 catalog. Although Watanabe did not mark, stamp or otherwise earmark the great master's Sui Generis, the paper and printing is unmistakable the product of Watanabe in the 1920's-30's. . WHO WAS PUBLISHER WATANABE SHOZABURO [1885-1962]: . Watanabe Shozaburo was a known maker of this kind of fine reprint work. It is number 346 on pl. 62 of his catalog. As usual, there are no Watanabe publisher's seal or indication whatsoever on the print. Due to the nature of the 'laid' paper, it is commensurate with his high-quality color woodblock reprinted works. Because it was in the 1936 catalog is not an indication of date. Watanabe had been making high quality reprints of famous masters' prints from 1915. See Watanabe below. . Watanabe was a Japanese print [woodblock] publisher and the driving force behind the Japanese printmaking movement known as "Shin-hanga" [New prints"] movement. Watanabe employed highly skilled carvers and printers, and commissioned artists to design prints that combined traditional Japanese techniques with elements of contemporary Western painting, such as perspective and shadows. Watanabe coined the term Shin-hanga in 1915 to describe such prints. Charles W. Bartlett, Hashiguchi Goyo, Kawase Hasui, Yoshida Hiroshi, Kasamatsu Shiro, Torii Kotondo, Ohara Koson, Terashima Shimei, Ito Shinsui, Takahashi Shotei and Yamakawa Shuho are among the artists whose works he published. . Much of his company's stockpile of both prints and their original printing-blocks was destroyed in the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923. In the following years, new versions of many of these prints were created, using re-carved blocks, typically, the re-issued "post-quake" prints included changes and revisions in the designs. The quality was always fist class, using highest quality materials and craftsmen. . Watanabe exported most of his Shin-hanga prints to the United States and Europe due to a lack of Japanese interest. . *** CONDITION: This work is in excellent cond
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