Sunday, September 25, 2011


The Plum Orchard In Kameido
(Kameido Ume Yashiki, from "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo #30")
13.25 × 8.625 in (33.7 × 21.9 cm)
woodblock print
The Brooklyn Museum

Hiroshige Utagawa (1797 – 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, and one of the last great artists in that tradition. He was also referred to as Hiroshige Andō.
Legend has it that Hiroshige determined to become a ukiyo-e artist when he saw the prints of his near-contemporary, Hokusai. Until the death of Hokusai in 1849, their works competed for the same customers.
Hiroshige’s works greatly influenced French Impressionists such as Monet and Gogh.

ukiyo-e ; a genre of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of landscapes, tales from history, the theatre, and pleasure quarters. It is the main artistic genre of woodblock printing in Japan.