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Utagawa Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige was born in samurai family in 1797 in what became modern Tokyo.

Around 14 years old, he began painting and was introduced to Toyohiro of the Utagawa school. By 1812 Hiroshige was permitted to sign his works, which he did under the art name Hiroshige.

Hiroshige lived in the barracks until the age of 43 as a firefighter and eventually turned his firefighter position over to his brother in 1823.

It was not until 1829–1830 that Hiroshige began to produce the landscapes he has come to be known for. He also created an increasing number of bird and flower prints about this time. About 1831, his Ten Famous Places in the Eastern Capital was printed. In 1832 he produced the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō, which contains some of his best-known prints.

In his declining years, Hiroshige produced thousands of prints to meet the demand for his works, but few were as good as those of his early and middle periods. He never lived in financial comfort, even in old age.

In 1856, Hiroshige "retired from the world," becoming a Buddhist monk; this was the year he began his One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. He died aged 62 during the great Edo cholera epidemic of 1858 and was buried in a Zen Buddhist temple in Asakusa.

Hiroshige influenced French Impressionist Monet and Cézanne. Vincent van Gogh copied two of the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. Hiroshige's style also influenced the "Мир Искусства" (World of Art), a 20th-century Russian art movement.
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Sakura namiki zu

Sakura namiki zu

Print shows a grove of blossoming cherry trees with mountain in the background. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Format: horizontal O... more

Nihonbashi

Nihonbashi

Print shows porters carrying bundles across the Nihon Bridge on the Tōkaidō Road. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From the series: Tōk... more

Kaidō ni shōkin

Kaidō ni shōkin

Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. From the series: Wakan rōei shū : Virile poems of Japan and China. Format: Otanzaku Nishikie. Forms ... more

Seki

Seki

Print shows travelers outside a men's clothing shop selling hats and short kimonos, also standing at the entrance to a gated area, some shops closed with painted designs on fabric at the Seki station on the Tōk... more

Mariko

Mariko

Print shows travelers resting at a teahouse or inn at the Mariko station on the Tōkaidō Road. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From the... more

Kanbara

Kanbara

Print shows travelers walking in the snow at night at the Kanbara station on the Tōkaidō Road. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. From ... more

Yokkaichi

Yokkaichi

Print shows a man running along an earthen wharf, chasing his hat which the wind has blown off; another person stands on a wooden portion of the pier, and there is a small fishing village on the left. Title and... more

Kanbara

Kanbara

Print shows people walking during an evening snowfall at the Kanbara station on the Tōkaidō Road. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From... more

Sakanoshita

Sakanoshita

Print shows travelers at a rest stop admiring waterfalls in the mountains across a deep gorge at a rest stop near the Sakanoshita station on the Tōkaidō Road. Title and other descriptive information compiled by... more

Oiso

Oiso

Print shows travelers, during a rain storm, passing a small shrine at the entrance to the village at the Oiso station on the Tōkaidō Road. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsor... more

Shirasuka

Shirasuka

Print shows a long procession on a roadway down a hillside toward the Shirasuka station on the Tōkaidō Road; also shows a broad expanse of the sea with sails in the distance. Title and other descriptive informa... more

Seba

Seba

Print shows two men poling sampans on the Ohta River beneath a full moon. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From the series: Kisokaidō r... more

Mukōjima hiraiwa

Mukōjima hiraiwa

Print shows exterior view of a teahouse with three women returning from viewing cherry blossoms, and two men trying to attract their attention. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sp... more

Ōji ōgiya

Ōji ōgiya

Print shows tearooms lining a small stream with two people crossing to where a man and a child are sitting. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 200... more

Shinobazu no ike benten no hokora

Shinobazu no ike benten no hokora

Print shows pedestrians on a bridge across Shinobazu Pond leading to the Benten shrine; pine trees along the bridge, buildings on pilings extending into the pond, and buildings of the town in the background. Ti... more

Shin-yoshiwara nakanochō haru no kei

Shin-yoshiwara nakanochō haru no kei

Print shows many women and a few men on the Nakanochō Boulevard in the Shin-Yoshiwara pleasure district of Tokyo, during spring, with teahouses and shops lining the street and a large cherry tree in bloom. Titl... more

Ikegami no banshō

Ikegami no banshō

Print shows low buildings in the foreground that may be shops related to the temple, largely obscured by trees, across the bridge and in the background. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichi... more

Odawara

Odawara

Print shows travelers fording a river as others approach, some stopping to rest near the river; also shows some travelers with horses and mountains in the background at the Odawara station on the Tōkaidō Road. ... more

Tsubaki ni uguisu

Tsubaki ni uguisu

Print shows a bird on a tree branch with camellia blossom. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. From the series: Wakan rōei shū : Virile ... more

Hara

Hara

Print shows travelers, including a person riding in a basket on horseback, pass rice fields near the Hara station on the Tōkaidō Road, with view of Mount Fuji in the background. Title and other descriptive info... more

Ejiri

Ejiri

Print shows travelers crossing a bridge during a heavy rain storm at the Ejiri station on the Tōkaidō Road. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 200... more

Kanbara

Kanbara

Print shows travelers walking along shore of a river, possibly engaging boats to ferry them across, near the Kanbara station on the Tōkaidō Road; view of Mount Fuji in the background. Title and other descriptiv... more

Sumida tsutsumi hanami no zu

Sumida tsutsumi hanami no zu

Print shows sightseers walking along pathway viewing cherry blossoms on the bank of the Sumida River. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006... more

Honmoku kara no Fuji [o nozomu]

Honmoku kara no Fuji [o nozomu]

Print shows a view of Mount Fuji from across a bay with sailboat; tree studded cliff in the foreground. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06... more

Okabe

Okabe

Print shows pilgrims walking along the Tōkaidō Road through a steep valley at Okabe, the 22nd station, with a small, thatched-roof shelter in the middle distance, and a large mountain in the background. Title a... more

Fujieda

Fujieda

Print shows a group of pilgrims crossing a shallow river, one being carried in a sedan chair, and three borne on the backs of others, at the 23rd station on the Tōkaidō Road. Title and other descriptive informa... more

Ohiso

Ohiso

Print shows bird's-eye view of the coastline, pine trees, shrines or cemetery at the Ohiso station on the Tōkaidō Road, with view of ships off the coast in the background. Title and other descriptive informatio... more

Fujieda

Fujieda

Print shows travelers crossing a stream, with men carrying women on their backs and two porters carrying a sedan chair. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specia... more

Hiratsuka

Hiratsuka

Print shows pilgrims in three small boats crossing a river, headed toward a cluster of buildings, with Mount Fuji in the background; Hiratsuka is the 8th station on the Tōkaidō Road. Title and other descriptive... more

Inokashiranoike benten no yashiro

Inokashiranoike benten no yashiro

Print shows a bird's-eye view of Inokashira Pond with bridge leading to small island and the Benten shrine; trees and mountains in the background. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken... more

Suruga-chō

Suruga-chō

Print shows perspective view looking down commercial street with many pedestrians and porters, also shows Mount Fuji in the distance, above the clouds. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichib... more

Ryōgokubashi Ōkawabata

Ryōgokubashi Ōkawabata

Print shows pedestrians and porters crossing the Ryōgoku Bridge with many boats on the river and view of vendor stands in foreground along the river bank. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nic... more

Horie nekozane

Horie nekozane

Print shows the thatched-roof buildings of two fishing villages, Horie and Nekozane, with distant view of Mount Fuji. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print speciali... more

Teppōzu inaribashi minato jinja

Teppōzu inaribashi minato jinja

Print shows view from between the masts of a sailboat of the harbor with cargo boats, the Inari Bridge, the Minato shrine, and Mount Fuji in the distance. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nic... more

Yotsuya naitō shijuku

Yotsuya naitō shijuku

Print shows rear view of horses with decorated hooves, a row of shops with shoppers. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From the series: ... more

Ōji inari no yasiro

Ōji inari no yasiro

Print shows worshippers arriving at the Ōji Inari shrine near tall pine trees. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From the series: Meisho... more

Yabase no kihan

Yabase no kihan

Print shows ships under sail approaching shore, mountains in the background. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. From the series: Ōmi ha... more

Eitaibashi tukudajima

Eitaibashi tukudajima

Print shows view from water level with pillar of the Eitai bridge on the left and the helm of a boat passing to the right, with ships anchored nearby and Tsukuda island in the background, half-moon in the sky o... more

Niijuku no watashi

Niijuku no watashi

Print shows the terminal at the Niijuku ferry, with large building on the left and sailboat on the river. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-... more

Meguro jijigachaya

Meguro jijigachaya

Print shows travelers on roadway near a small teahouse at rest stop, with tall pine trees on the left and view of Mount Fuji in the distance. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-spon... more

Massaki-hen yori suijin no mori uchigawa sekiya no sato o mi

Massaki-hen yori suijin no mori uchigawa sekiya no sato o mi

Print shows view looking past blossoms of the Uchi River with boats, a sailboat, and a village in the distance. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in... more

Ishiyama no shūgestu

Ishiyama no shūgestu

Print shows bird's-eye view of the Buddhist temple at Ishiyama-dera, and a building on a bluff, also a bridge across the Seta River (the same bridge as in Evening glow at Seta), and mountains in the distance, u... more

Teppoōzu inaribashi minato jinja

Teppoōzu inaribashi minato jinja

Print shows bridge spanning river, with boats and view of Mount Fuji in the background. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From the serie... more

Asakusa oumayagashi

Asakusa oumayagashi

Print shows two workmen, one standing on a scaffold applying plaster to a wall, the other has fallen into the tray of plaster as he attempted to pass some plaster on the end of a long pole to the other workman.... more

Okuramae no yuki

Okuramae no yuki

Print shows a man stooping to tie a knot in his geta in front of a large snow sculpture, a shovel leans against one side and a dog is trying to reach items placed on top of the other side; a large parasol rests... more

Tōkyō meishō zue: Kudanzaka Ushigabuchi

Tōkyō meishō zue: Kudanzaka Ushigabuchi

Japanese print showing large area of grass surrounded by buildings; people walking, man riding horseback, and pool of water in foreground. Title from item. Signature: Hiroshige fude. Seal date: Horse 3. From se... more

[Fūkeiga]

[Fūkeiga]

Print shows a sail on a boat on a river with low buildings and fields in the background. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. Format: moder... more

Yamato hasedera

Yamato hasedera

Print shows a bird's-eye view of the Hasedera temple in the Yamato Province. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From the series: Shokoku ... more

Yamato hasedera

Yamato hasedera

Print shows a bird's-eye view of the Hasedera temple in the Yamato Province. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06. From the series: Shokoku ... more

Tōto ryōgoku

Tōto ryōgoku

Print shows a woman in a boat and a woman standing on a dock, pedestrians crossing a wooden bridge in the middle distance, and a view of Mount Fuji in the background. Title and other descriptive information com... more

Tōto ryōgoku

Tōto ryōgoku

Print shows a woman in a boat and a woman standing on a dock, pedestrians crossing a wooden bridge in the middle distance, and a view of Mount Fuji in the background. Title and other descriptive information com... more

[Fūkeiga]

[Fūkeiga]

Print shows a moonlight scene along a river with people fishing, in boats, and walking along the shore. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06... more

[Fūkeiga]

[Fūkeiga]

Print shows a moonlight scene along a river with people fishing, in boats, and walking along the shore. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-06... more

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Ukiyo-e triptych print showing a snowy landscape with a woman brandishing a broom and a man holding an umbrella. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists i... more

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Ukiyo-e triptych print showing a snowy landscape with a woman brandishing a broom and a man holding an umbrella. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists i... more

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Ukiyo-e triptych print showing a snowy landscape with a woman brandishing a broom and a man holding an umbrella. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists i... more

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Ukiyo-e triptych print showing a snowy landscape with a woman brandishing a broom and a man holding an umbrella. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists i... more

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Ukiyo-e triptych print showing a snowy landscape with a woman brandishing a broom and a man holding an umbrella. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists i... more

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Ukiyo-e triptych print showing a snowy landscape with a woman brandishing a broom and a man holding an umbrella. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists i... more

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Fūryū genji yuki no nagame

Ukiyo-e triptych print showing a snowy landscape with a woman brandishing a broom and a man holding an umbrella. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists i... more