Arai, from the series Fifty-Three Stations of Tōkaidō

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Arai, from the series Fifty-Three Stations of Tōkaidō

 

 

Name:
Katsushika, Hokusai, 1760-1849 (Artist); Nishimuraya, Yohachi (Publisher); Iseya, Rihei (Publisher)
Title:
Arai, from the series Fifty-Three Stations of Tōkaidō
Other Titles:
Arai 荒井, from the series Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi 東海道五十三次
Abstract:
In this depiction of Arai, the thirty-first station of the Tōkaidō, Hokusai shows an official checking the documents of a traveler at Arai's inspection station by the shore of the Hamanako lagoon. Travelers arrived at Arai by crossing the lagoon by boat. On the righthand side of the image, an assistant loads pack-horses with bundles from a moored boat.
Format:
prints
Genre:
Landscapes (representations)
Place of Origin:
Edo (Tokyo), Japan
Date:
ca. 1806
Physical Description:
1 print ; sheet 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (22.2 x 16.5 cm)
Note (Period):
Edo period
Note (Medium/support):
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Note (Inscriptions/signatures):
Upper right: Tōkaidō 東海道; gojūsan tsugi 五十三次. Upper center: Arai 荒井.
Note (Ownership):
The Stebbins Memorial Collection
Note:
This series of images illustrating the fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō is characteristic of Hokusai's style in the early 1800s, when, unlike several decades later, the artist focused on figures instead of landscape and used the traditional narrative device of cloud patterns.
Library Location:
Art Properties, Columbia University
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Catalog Record:
12004929
Digital Project:
Art Properties -- Columbia’s Art Collection Online
Persistent URL:
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/d8-y0pe-se54