Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858). Group of three woodblock prints from the series "Gojusan tsuji meisho zue (The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road)," 1855. Including:
Number 5 from the series, "Hodogaya: Distant View of the Kamakura Mountains from the Boundary Tree Posthouse."
Number 11 from the series, "Traveling at Night Through the Hakone Mountains."
Number 24 from the series, "The Suruga Bank of the Oi River near Shimada."
Provenance: From the Estate of C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan, Long Lake, Minnesota.
C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan (1926-2022) was a passionate world traveler and avid collector. It was through his travels that he was inspired to begin a lifelong relationship with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), becoming a major sponsor of the institute and facilitating the growth of their Asian art department, which is now one of the best in the country. His generous donations to Mia allowed them to establish a fund for the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, one of the few endowed positions of this type in the museum field. He additionally served as a trustee of the institute, advocating for its operational growth. In its turn, the museum established a gallery named in his honor in recognition for his endowment fund and numerous contributions to their collection. The selections here showcase his talent and breadth of collecting, ranging from ancient statues to 19th-century woodblock prints. His appreciation for art persisted throughout his life and we are honored to offer items from his collection in this auction.Each, unframed; height: 14 1/2 in x width: 10 in. Framed; height: 21 in x width: 16 1/2 in.
Overall there is no visible foxing or tears. No major creases or losses. No visible signs of restoration under UV light. The sheet is affixed to the mat along the top margin with framer's tape along the verso. The sheet is toned as seen in the listing image; all four margins are visible under the frame. There is light soiling along the margins. The margins do not appear to be trimmed. The bottom left, upper left and upper right corners have light creases that do not affect the center image. There is a minute hole in the lower left margin; please see listing image. To the lower right corner, there is a light gray accretion; however, it appears to be a part of the original texture. Along the verso, there is light soiling along the edges and the original texture of the paper is visible. Along the lower right corner, handwritten in pencil there is a "7006". Framed under museum glass; very light wear to the frame.
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