Settsu Province, Sumiyoshi, Idemi Beach - Terrific depiction of Idemi Beach and the Osaka bay from Hiroshige's "60-odd Provinces" series. A lighthouse, part of the nearby Sumiyoshi Shrine, rises above a cluster of pine trees in the foreground. The Shinto shrine, one of the oldest in Japan, is dedicated to the gods of the sea.
Published between 1853 and 1856 by Koshihei, Hiroshige's fantastic "Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces" series features sixty-nine prints, one for each of the sixty-six provinces of Japan, plus
The series represents a further development of Hiroshige's landscape print design, including some of his most modern compositions. The striking new use of a vertical format allowed Hiroshige to experiment with the foreground and background contrasts typical of his work, drawing the viewer in while at the same time implying a sense of great distance. The high vantage point of most of the designs allows for sweeping panoramas and expansive views of the beautiful countryside. Skillful bokashi shading also adds unusual depth to many of the images.
From bucolic rural views to busy urban centers, the series beautifully illustrates the Japanese countryside while capturing the flavor of life during the
Date: Probably a reprint from the early 20th century.