Monday, April 25, 2011

Ando Hiroshige (1797 – October 12, 1858)

                                                                                                                              
Kyobashi Takegashi (The Bamboo wharf at Kyobashi)
1856-1858

Ando Hiroshige (or Utagawa Hiroshige or Ichiyusai Hiroshige) is one of the greatest Japanese painters. And his life is rather fascinating, including the fact that he was a firefighter until 1823 and a Buddhist monk in his last two years. As for his legacy, he had a profound influence on following artists, including such faraway painters as van Gogh, who copied some of Hiroshige's works. And I love Hiroshige who at his best produces a uniquely soft romanticism that's difficult to resist.
Bird on a Camellia Branch
1832 

A Shrine Among Trees on a Moor
1837-1838

Akasaka
1854

A Bridge in a Snowy Landscape
1842-1843

Travelers Surprised by a Sudden Rain
1831-1834

Ejiri
1854

Wild Sea Breaking on the Rocks
1853-1856

Tsuchiyama 
1854

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