Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige), ‘Shono’, 1855, Ronin Gallery

Seals: Aratame

Condition: Very good color, impression and state.

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo

While the smallest, rural station on the Tokaido, Hiroshige repeatedly used Shono as an opportunity for compositional exploration throughout his T okaido series. In the Upright T okaido, he provides a snapshot of Edo-period life, presenting porters on their way to a rice festival. As the ribbons and ceremonial papers rustle in the wind, the one can feel the excitement of a festival day.

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)

Japanese, 1797-1858, Edo (modern Tokyo), Japan, based in Edo (present day Tokyo), Japan