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UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)
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UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Kanbara yoru no yuki (Evening snow at Kanbara)

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UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)
Kanbara yoru no yuki (Evening snow at Kanbara)
Woodblock print, from the series Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi (Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido), signed Hiroshige ga, published by Takenouchi Magohachi (Hoeido), circa 1834
Horizonal oban: 9 ½ x 14 ¾ in. (24.1 x 37.5 cm.)

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Lot Essay

Three figures trudge through falling snow in the village of Kanbara, Shizuoka Prefecture. In fact Hiroshige visited Kambara during late summer or early autumn and therefore this scene is imagined. Considered amongst his finest snowscenes, in the earliest impressions of this design (as here), the leg of the far right figure has a flaw whereby the block-cutter mistakenly did not cut away all the wood between the lines of the legs. In these early impressions the black bokashi usually descends from the top of the design.
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