Riddle of Hiroshige‘s Ôhashi Bridge Has

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Posted by Gordon Friese ( on November 19, 2019 at 21:00:39:

Dear Sir or Madam

As you know, “Ôhashi, Atake no yûdachi" (Ôhashi, a sudden shower over Atake) from the series "Meisho Edo hyakkei" (One hundred famous views of Edo) is the most famous woodblock print of the Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858).

The well-known problem with this woodblock print is the existence of two printing states which are clearly distinguishable: one without boats and one with two boats. For over one hundred years, experts worldwide have been discussing which of the two states is the first.

After twenty-years of working with the topic, I have solved the problem in my latest article „Ôhashi. Transformation eines japanischen Holzschnitts“, which can be found in the "Ostasiatische Zeitschrift" (Neue Serie, Issue No. 38, Autumn 2019. Publisher: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst).

I would be delighted to hear whether my research results resonate with you.
The magazine is available at:
Mrs Dr. Jirka-Schmitz
e-mail: jirka@asianartschmitz.de

Yours sincerely
Gordon Friese

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