Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重

1797-1858 Japan/Ukiyo-e

 

Brief Biography-Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige was born in what is now Tokyo in 1797. He was a Ukiyo-e artist and co-founder of the Utagawa School. The prints of Katsushika Hokusai had a profound influence on his work. His early works concentrated on beautiful women, and his later images are mainly of colourful landscapes, for which he became most famous. Hiroshige was the last and foremost artist of Ukiyo-e art, and his prints had a lasting influence on many western impressionist painters.
"Japonisme", a French word, pronounced Japon-ease-ma, became prevalent in the mid-nineteenth century and impressionist painters, in particular, had an interest in Japanese art. Posters by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec are an example of its influence on western art. The French art critic, painter and supporter of impressionism, Zacharie Astruc, was a proponent of Japonisme. Some examples of its impact on impressionists are; -
The Klimt cartoon for the Stoclet frieze is similar to Ogata Korin's "Plum Trees by a Stream".
Harry Clarke's A.E. Poe "Tales of Imagination" is influenced by Japanese stencil work.
Whistler's studies of porcelain, he had an extensive collection of porcelain at his home.
Manet and Monet were emulators of Hokusai's prints. Monet had more than two hundred Japanese prints in his dining room at Giverny.
In Manet's "Musique aux Tuileries" and Hokusai's "Fuji Through Bamboo", there are similarities in the trees' lie, in theory.
There are associations in "Cotton-Goods Lane" by Gustave Caillebotte to "Odenma-Cho" by Hiroshige.
Van Gogh's "Bridge in the Rain" is a direct copy of Hiroshige's "Sudden Evening Shower on the Great Bridge near Ataki". Van Gogh also painted "Flowering Plum Orchard" after Hiroshige's "The Residence with Plum Trees at Kameido". In the same print, the tree also influenced Paul Gauguin in his "The Vision of the Sermon".
James Tissot was another Japanese art painter.

 

 

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A Bridge Across
a Deep Gorge

A Bridge Across a Deep Gorge

A River Among
Snowy Mountains

A River Among Snowy Mountains

Blue Magpie on
Maple Branch

Blue Magpie on Maple Branch

A Shrine Among
Trees on a Moor

A Shrine Among Trees on a Moor

Coastal Landscape
in Moonlight

Coastal Landscape in Moonlight

Courtesan and
a Girl

Courtesan and a Girl

Eight Views of
Kanazawa Moon

Eight Views of Kanazawa Autumn Moon

Enjoying the
Fireworks

Enjoying the Fireworks

Fuji from
the Tokaido

Fuji from the Tokaido

Lotus Pond of
Shinobu ga oka

Lotus Pond of Shinobu ga oka

Hydrangea and
Kingfisher

Hydrangea and Kingfisher

Mount Fuji seen
Across the Water

Mount Fuji seen Across the Water


Miyakawanowatasi

Miyakawanowatasi

Mandarin
Ducks

Mandarin Ducks

Rock-
fish

Rock-fish

Oniwakamuru-
submits

Oniwakamuru Submits a Monster-Carp

Moonlight View
of Tsukuda-

Moonlight View of Tsukuda with Lady on a Balcony

Shono from the Fifty
three Stations

Shono from the Fifty-three Stations on Tokaido Highway

Moon-Swallows and
Peach Blossoms

Moon-Swallows and Peach Blossoms

Taira no Kiyomori
sees Apparitions

Taira no Kiyomori sees Supernatural Apparitions

The Battle of
Kawanakajima

The Battle of Kawanakajima

Print from 53 Stages
of the Tokaido

Print from Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido

Traditional Wing
of Salwaca Town

Toto Traditional Wing of Salwaca Town Mitsushiba Residence Map

Reeds in the Snow
with a Wild Duck

Reeds in the Snow with a Wild Duck

Suido Bridge
and Surugadai

Suido Bridge and Surugadai

Travellers on a
Mountain Path-

Travellers on a Mountain Path at Night

The Actors Ichikawa
Danjuro Eight-

The Actors Ichikawa Danjuro Eight and Segawa Kikunojo Five

Whirlpools on a
Rocky Coast

Whirlpools on a Rocky Coast

Woodcut
Triptych

Woodcut Triptych

Woodblock
Print

Woodblock Print

View of
Mount Fuji

View of Mount Fuji

View of
Shitamachi

View of Shitamachi

Two Rabbits-Pampas
Gras and Full Moon

Two Rabbits-Pampas Gras and Full Moon

Travellers on a
Mountain Path

Travellers on a Mountain Path

Shokoku Meisho
Series

Shokoku Meisho Series

Matsushima in
Oshu Province

Matsushima in Oshu Province

Itsukushima-

Itsukushima in Aki Province

the
Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Bowl of
Sushi

Bowl of Sushi

Ama No Hashidate
in Tango Province

Ama No Hashidate in Tango Province

woodblock print ink
and colour on paper

edo woodblock print ink and colour on paper