Hiroshige by Adele Schlombs
Hardcover, 21 x 26 cm, 0.62 kg, 96 pages
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About the workUtagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) stands as one of the final luminary artists within the ukiyo-e tradition. The term "ukiyo-e," which translates to "pictures of the floating world," denotes a distinctive genre of woodblock print art that thrived during the 17th to 19th centuries. Its subjects encompassed the effervescent allure of Edo (modern-day Tokyo) and the awe-inspiring natural landscapes of Japan.
In the Western world, Hiroshige's prints came to epitomize the Japonisme movement that swept through Europe, significantly influencing the Western perception of Japan's visual aesthetics. Due to their capacity for mass production, ukiyo-e artworks often found application in designs for fans, greeting cards, and book illustrations. This style left an indelible mark on Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau artists alike. Icons such as Vincent van Gogh and James Abbott McNeill Whistler drew significant inspiration from Hiroshige's evocative landscapes.
This introductory book offers a glimpse into Hiroshige's illustrious career, showcasing essential images from his dynamic portfolio. It features blooming cherry trees, enchanting portrayals of women, Kabuki actors, and bustling market streets, providing an entry point into the realm of one of Asia's preeminent art historical figures.