Famous landscapes of the sixty provinces of Japan - Hiroshige
Born in Edo, the former Tokyo, Hiroshige (1798-1858) entered at the age of fourteen with a renowned artist, Utagawa Toyohiro, who played a decisive role in the development of landscape painting in Japan. A brilliant disciple, Hiroshige revealed a gift for expressing the beauty of nature, and it was with the series of prints of the Fifty-Three Stations on the Tokaido Highway that he suddenly gained notoriety in 1833-1834. From then on, with his eldest son Hokusai (1760-1849), he imposed, as one of the two great figures of the ukiyo-e, this artistic movement of the Edo era (1603-1868) which would be interested in the new centres of interest of a burgeoning urban and commercial bourgeoisie.
Hiroshige's first great success prompted him to multiply his collections of famous sites, especially as demand grew. From the 1830s onwards, the new bourgeoisie became passionate about leisure travel, and prints made it possible to fix the memory of places visited, or simply to dream.
Hiroshige's style is immediately obvious because of the poetic emotion that emerges from his works, his learned gradations of colour, and the presence in his engravings of the Japanese people. In the second part of his career, Hiroshige masterfully innovated by abandoning the horizontal format in favour of the vertical, a choice that allowed him to create surprising framings and with daring plunging views. The famous landscapes of Japan's sixty provinces, published between 1853 and 1856, at the end of the artist's life, offer magnificent examples. Water, omnipresent in this series, imposes itself by its blues with a thousand shades, justifying once again the nickname of the master, "Hiroshige the blue".
- Dimensions :
- 17,3 x 24,5 x 4,5 cm
- Museum :
- Musée des Arts asiatiques–Guimet
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