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Utagawa Hiroshige the last great master of *ukiyo-e was born in Edo (modern Tokyo) He joined the school of the ukiyo-e master Toyohiro at the age of 14, and his first publication a book illustration came out in 1818. Up to 1830 he concentrated on figural work, prints of girls, actors and warriors. After Toyohiro's death he began painting landscape and nature studies. This field had already been revolutionized by Hokusai. "Famous Places in the Eastern Capital" , and then "53 Stations on the Tokaido" the later bringing fame. The Tokaido was the road that linked Edo with Kyoto and these pictures represent the trip he made as an official in a Government mission to the Imperial Court in Kyoto. Further journeys resulted in more landscape studies. His landscapes are characterized by atmospheric color reflecting the changes in nature - rain, snow, and different times of the day and year. His 53 Stages of the Tokaido had a great influence on Western Impressionist painters, but heralded the decline of ukiyo-e art. Altogether Hiroshige produced more than 5400 woodblock prints and exerted an influence on Western art, above all the Impressionists who saw his work at the Paris Expositions Universelles of 1855, 1867 and 1878.
* Ukiyo-e - was the fashionable genre painting of the Tokugawa period - (wood block print design).
 
 

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  Hiroshige: Poppies

Utagawa Hiroshige Small Brown Owl on a Pine Branch

Hiroshige: Crane, C. 1834  
  Utagawa Hiroshige Fire Foxes

Print of Coastal Scene by Hiroshige

Print of Coastal Scene by Hiroshige  
  Utagawa Hiroshige Plum Estate in Kameido Hiroshige - Stations of the Tokaido

Utagawa Hiroshige Shinobazu Pond

 
 

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