Title: Shichirigahama / Seven Ri Beach, Province of Sagami
Series: One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Various Provinces
Woodblock printmakers worked in monochrome and painted the colours in by hand or printed with only a few colours until after 1765 when polychrome prints in a whole range of colours started to be produced. Kabuki actors and female beauties (called bijinga; pictures of beautiful women) were two of the most popular subjects of such prints since the 17th century C.E. Series of famous vistas and important landmarks between and around Kyoto and Edo was another subject matter made into prints by several popular artists. These prints were inexpensively reproducible, single-sheet designs, recording the contemporary fashions and tastes of the large middle-class society of Edo Japan.
Utagawa Hiroshige II
ink and colour on paper