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Hiroshige@One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, Kitsunebi on New Year's Eve in Oji

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Item No A1-92-196
Series One-hundred-Famous-Views-of-Edo
Title One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, Kitsunebi on New Year's Eve in Oji
Artist Hiroshige
Condition Creases,Foxing,Rubbing
Size 24~34.5cm
Price $15659.54

This is an artwork depicted on a basis of an oral tradition on Oji Inari Shrine presently located in Oji, Kita ward, Tokyo. According to the legend, the area used to be a huge rice field, and on every New Year's Eve, foxes got together at a giant nettle tree for a rite, then visited Oji Inari to complete their celebration. There are many landscape paintings of Oji which refer to the legend, but this artwork particularly holds a fantastic mood.

Hiroshige
1797-1858
Ukiyoe painter. Also referred to as Ichiyusai, Ichiyosai, Utashige, and others. A pupil of Toyohiro. He started his career as working on the illustration for Kyoka (=comic Tanka poem) book or the actor painting. In 1832, he went up to the capital accompanying the Bakufufs procession, where being inspired so much, he produced and published, in the following year, g Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido h based on his experience on the journey. Its success boosted him to become a landscape painter. Afterwards, he successively sent out the masterpiece to the world such as gFamous Views of the Various Provincesh and gFamous Views of Edoh. Other representative pieces are gFamous Views of the Eastern Capitalh, g One Hundred Famous Views of Edo h, and so on.

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