Saturday, January 14, 2012


"Night snow at Kanbara"
from the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido
Woodblock Print
9-1/2 x 14-1/2 in. (24.1 x 36.8 cm)
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College

"Night snow at Kanbara" is the one of Hiroshige Ando's monumental Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido. In The Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido, he illustrates anecdotes from a comedy book describing the adventures of two bumbling travelers as they make their way along the Tokaido road.

Hiroshige Ando (1797? - 1858) is one of the last great artists in the Ukiyo-E tradition. He is also referred to as Hiroshige Udagawa. He was a member of the Udagawa school, which comprised dozens of artists, and stood at the forefront of nineteenth century woodblock prints.
In terms of style, he is especially noted for using unusual vantage points, seasonal allusions, and striking colors. He adapted Western principles of perspective and receding space to his own works in order to achieve a sense of realistic depth.
Hiroshige’s The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido greatly influenced French Impressionists such as Monet,  Vincent Van Gogh.