The Tokaido is one of a number of roads linking Edo with the rest of Japan. It runs along the Pacific coast to Kyoto. The ’53 stations’ are resting points along the way. In 1832 the artist Utagawa Hiroshige began the first of a number of print series, which depicted the resting points, and these became very popular in Japan (one series becoming apparently the best selling ‘ukiyo-e‘ of all time). The prints in this post are by a different artist, Utagawa Yoshishige, and depict a series of actual potted landscapes (saikei and bonkei) made by a man called Kimura Tōsen. So these prints are based on small sculptures, which were inspired by prints, which were inspired by a walk, made possible by a road. You can see all 53 of the prints and the book here.
A series of drawings and prints made to illustrate Dante’s Inferno (The Divine Comedy). There’s a great Rauschenberg website here. From top to bottom: ‘Canto I: The Dark Wood of Error’ – ‘Canto II: The Descent’ – ‘Canto IX: Circle Six, The Heretics’ – ‘ Canto XIV: Circle Seven, Round 3, The Violent Against God, Nature, and Art’ – ‘Canto XVI: Circle Seven, Round 3, The Violent Against Nature and Art’ – ‘Canto XXIII: Circle Eight, Bolgia 6, The Hypocrites’ – ‘Canto XXXI: The Central Pit of Malebolge’
Edward Bawden – English (1903 – 1989)
I read a bit about James Gillray in Simon Schama’s “Citizens”, so looked him up – I realised that his illustrations were already known to me, as archetypal satirical expressions of the 18th/19th century. He was brilliant. But he was an ill man who jumped out of windows.