Hiroshige I Utagawa, Iga Province, Ueno, Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces
Artist: Hiroshige I Utagawa (1797-1858)
Title: Iga Province, Ueno（伊賀 上野）
Series title: Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces（六十余州名所図会）
Publisher: Echizenya Heizaburo
Size: 24.9 x 24.1 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Hiroshige I was renowned as one of the most skilled landscape artists of his time. Following in the footsteps of his teacher, Toyohiro Utagawa, he embraced producing images of natural landscapes at a time when travel between provinces was becoming more common, and convenient. With this new ease of travel came the demand for guides to these foreign locales in the form of both writing and images. Hiroshige I' followed his groundbreaking 'Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido' with a long career of series of both serene, and bustling, landscapes.
In 1853 he began his 'Famous Views of the Sixty Odd Provinces', a series of sixty-nine prints, each giving a view of a famous sight from each of the sixty-eight provinces, and the capital Edo. Taking views stretching across the whole of the country of the Japan at the time, it was a little window into what was available for those looking to travel to any province.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Hiroshige Ando|
|Title||Iga Province, Ueno|
|Dimensions||24.9 x 24.1 cm|
|Condition Report||Trimmed, creases, wormholes restored on the left bottom, right top corner restored, light soiling.|
Ando Hiroshige, who is best known for his landscape prints, is considered one of the six greatest Japanese printmakers in Ukiyo-e history and is said to have influenced Western impressionists, such as Van Gogh and Claude Monet, through his use of perspective. 1831 is the year when his first landscape series ‘Famous Places of The Eastern Capital’ (Toto Meisho) was published and the following year Hiroshige passed on his family responsibilities to his relatives to dedicate his entire energy to printmaking, changing his pen name further to reflect the change in his life. In the same year (1832), Hiroshige was appointed by Bakufu, the feudal government of Japan to accompany an official procession from Edo to Kyoto and then the residence of the emperor along the Tokaido road. The artist made many sketches during the journeys, resulting in the production of his most acclaimed series ‘Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road’ in the next two years. This series received a huge commercial success. It was rare for an artist (and regular people in general) to be able to travel and sketch landscapes from life rather than the imagination during the Edo period. The ten-year period of 1833-1843 is thought to have been Hiroshige’s most developed and innovative time as an artist. A lot of series that were produced during this time, such as ‘Sixty-nine Stations of Kisokaido Road’, ‘Eight Views of Omi’ and ‘Famous Places of Kyoto’, would lead to the peak of his career when he produced the ‘Famous Views of Sixty-odd Provinces’, ‘Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji’ and his last great series, ‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo’.