Hiroshige Tanzaku Series


Hiroshige Tanzaku Series
Print set



Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


The tanzaku in this set, designed by Hiroshige and probably originally printed between 1830 and 1844, were reproduced by Takamizawa in the 1970s. Many of Hiroshige's tanzaku are kachō-ga, illustrations of birds and flowers, while less often they feature landscapes. While in the Edo period tanzaku prints almost always included a classical poem that somehow reflected or interacted with the image portrayed, a few of the reproduction prints in this set have been printed without poems. The format of tanzaku allowed artists to show off their design skills by requiring them to arrange a poem with other elements in an aesthetically pleasing way on a small canvas. A variety of printing techniques including bokashi gradation and kara-zuri blind-embossing were often used in these prints, adding to their beauty as "snapshots" of nature.

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