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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

In Japanese woodblock printing, Hiroshige ranks not only as one of the leading landscape artists, but also as one of the greatest masters of the medium. His romantic and moody evocations of nature capture a distant time and place that still holds a fascination for viewers today.

Early life

Hiroshige was born in Edo (present-day Tokyo) in 1797, the son of a fireman. After his parents died, Hiroshige began studying the art of woodblock printing with Toyohiro in 1810 or 1811, at age thirteen or fourteen. His earliest prints were primarily book illustrations, and it wasn't until the 1830s that Hiroshige began to find success with the genres for which he would become best known: landscapes and kacho-e (bird and flower prints).

Woodblock printing

Hiroshige's real breakthrough came with the publication of The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road in 1833-1834. Hiroshige expertly captures moody and atmospheric weather conditions, rendering mist, rain, snow, and evening effects with great skill and beauty. His poetic landscapes have a distinctly human touch about them, the addition of figures that lend a personal element to balance the beauty and wonder of nature.

The popularity of his initial Tokaido Road prints led Hiroshige to design nearly twenty different versions of the series during his lifetime, but he also created many other acclaimed landscape series, including the Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido Road, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, Famous Views of the Eastern Capital, Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces, and One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, his late masterwork. Hiroshige was a prolific artist, designing an estimated 4,500 prints, mainly landscapes.

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Hiratsuka: Ichikawa Kuzo II as Obiya Choemon, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Hiratsuka: Ichikawa Kuzo II as Obiya Choemon, 1867


Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)


Handsome collaborative Tokaido series
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Oiso: Otani Tomoemon V as Kajiwara Genta, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Oiso: Otani Tomoemon V as Kajiwara Genta, 1867


Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)


Handsome collaborative Tokaido series
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Totsuka: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Hayano Kampei, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Totsuka: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Hayano Kampei, 1867


Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)


Handsome collaborative Tokaido series
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Kameyama: Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Ishii Genjiro, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Kameyama: Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Ishii Genjiro, 1867


Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)


Handsome collaborative Tokaido series
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Arai: Sawamura Tanosuke III as Shiraito, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Arai: Sawamura Tanosuke III as Shiraito, 1867


Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)


Handsome collaborative Tokaido series
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Minakuchi: Actor Ichikawa Kuzo II as Takebe Genzo, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Minakuchi: Actor Ichikawa Kuzo II as Takebe Genzo, 1867


Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)


Handsome collaborative Tokaido series
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Hamamatsu: Bando Hikosaburo IV as Kan Shojo, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Hamamatsu: Bando Hikosaburo IV as Kan Shojo, 1867


Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)


Handsome collaborative Tokaido series
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Cherry Blossoms; Chinese Man; Calligraphy; Dancers, 1878 by Kyosai (1831 - 1889) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Cherry Blossoms; Chinese Man; Calligraphy; Dancers, 1878


Kyosai (1831 - 1889) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

$145.00 Fixed Price
View of Military Drill and Distant View of the Suspension Bridge at the Garden of Fukiage Palace, 1887 by Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

View of Military Drill and Distant View of the Suspension Bridge at the Garden of Fukiage Palace, 1887


Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

$185.00 Fixed Price
Famous Places in Tokyo: Asakusa Kinryuzan, 1877 by Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Famous Places in Tokyo: Asakusa Kinryuzan, 1877


Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

$275.00 Fixed Price
Famous Places of Tokyo: Spectacles Bridge by Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Famous Places of Tokyo: Spectacles Bridge


Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

$325.00 Fixed Price