Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Item NO: MO028
Price: $ 2,400
Title: Edo Meisho (Famous Places of Edo) Asakusa Kinryuzan Temple Okuyama Hanayashiki (1830 - 1850s)
Color woodblock prints, triptychs
Sight size of 16.25 X 29 inches through the mat with an overall size of 24.25 X 39 inches
Hiroshige was born in 1797 under the name of Ando Tokutaro. He was the son of a Edo firewarden, position he later inherited from his father. In 1811 he started as an apprentice with the Ukiyo-e master Utagawa Toyohiro. It was on this occasion that he received the name Utagawa Hiroshige.
He published his first work, an illustrated book, in 1818. In following decade Hiroshige published several prints of different genres, namely actor, warrior and beauty (bijin) prints. Around 1830 he started, under the influence of the great Hokusai, the series that made him famous: ""Eight Views of Omi", "Famous Places of the Eastern Capital" and, above all these, "The 53 Stations of the Tokaido".
After the stunning success of this series, Hiroshige designed "Famous Views of the Main Island", "Famous Views of Kyoto", "The 69 Stations of the Kisokaido", "Famous Places of the Sixty-odd Provinces", "36 Views of Mount Fuji" and "One hundred famous places of Edo". Hiroshige was not an eccentric genius, as was the case of Hokusai, but he had nevertheless an enormous influence in the development of the landscape print. He also excelled in Kacho-e (birds and flowers) prints.