Utagawa Hiroshige Utagawa Hiroshige

Ôban. Series: Fuji sanjûrokkei. Title: Tô…

Utagawa Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige Ôban. Series: Fuji sanjûrokkei. Title: Tôto Sukiya-gashi. View over the small, snowy harbor. Ref.: Hiroshige ga. Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizô. Date: 4/1858. Very good impression and colors, lower margin and right margin (below) a little bit rubbed and soiled, small restored wormhole at upper margin, under mount and framed (not checked outside the frame). Provenance Private collection, Southern Germany, since then in family possession

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Japanese school of the early 20th century. After HIROSHIGE UTAGAWA (Tokyo, 1797 - 1858). "Snow Scene on the Kiso Road". Lithograph. Signed. It has three holes in the paper and some folds at the ends. Measurements: 36 x 25 cm. Hiroshige Utagawa, artistic pseudonym of Hiroshige Ando, was a Japanese painter and engraver born in Edo, present-day Tokyo, considered today the last great master of the ukiyo-e tradition (Japanese woodcut). He was a pupil of Toyohiro at the Utagawa school and attained mastery around 1812. The young artist furthered his training by studying the traditional Chinese-influenced painting techniques of the Kano school, as well as the realism of Shijo school painting and the perspective techniques of Western painting and uki-e (a genre of ukiyo-e that employs linear perspective). His apprenticeship work included numerous illustrations for books, and also prints depicting beautiful women and kabuki actors in the style of the Utagawa school. Around 1831 he published his series of prints "Ten Famous Places in the Eastern Capital", modelled on Hokusai's views of Fuji, which had seen the light of day shortly before. The following year, in 1832, he was invited to take part in the official procession along the road between Edo and Kyoto, which enabled him to travel the Tokaido route linking the two capitals. He made numerous sketches during the journey, which eventually resulted in the series "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido", which contains some of his most famous prints. Hiroshige's works are now held in some of the world's leading collections, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the British Museum in London, the Hermitage in St Petersburg, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Galleries of Denmark, Finland and Hungary, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art in Haifa (Israel) and those of Japan's most important museums.