Hiroshige II Utagawa, Kiso Gorge, One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces


Artist: Hiroshige II Utagawa (1826-1869)
Title: 33. Snow on the Kiso Gorge, Shinshu (Shinano) Province
Series: One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Date: 1859
Size: 25.2 x 37.2 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.


As night approaches, a lone traveller ascends the snowy Kiso Gorge. The well trodden routes were express ways between the two prominent cities of Kyoto and Edo, taking everyone from messengers, pilgrims to warlords through Japan’s mountainous landscape. Vibrancy is lent to the pure white scene by the resilient evergreen pines emerging and balancing on the valley sides.

More Information
Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Hiroshige II Utagawa
Title Snow on the Kiso Gorge
Subject Landscapes
Dimensions 25.2 x 37.2 cm
Condition Report Stamp on back of print. Minor stain centre right.
Series One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces
Publisher Uoya Eikichi

Hiroshige II Utagawa

Hiroshige II ( born Suzuki Chinpei) inherited his name following the death in 1858 of his master Hiroshige, whose daughter he married.His works have often been confounded with those of his master, which they resemble closely in style, subject, and signature. Early Western scholars did not even recognize him as a separate artist.