Hiroshige: Landscape, CityscapeBooks
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) is one of the best known of all Japanese woodblock print designers. He is particularly renowned for his landscape prints, which are among the most frequently reproduced of all Japanese works of art. Hiroshige's landscape prints were hugely successful both in Japan and in the West. Their unusual compositions, humorous depictions of people involved in everyday activities and masterly expression of weather, light and season, proved enormously influential for many leading European artists including Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh.
This book illustrates and discusses over fifty Hiroshige landscape prints in the collection of the Ashmolean Museum and explores their historical background. It gives a concise introduction to Hiroshige's life and career within the context of Japan's booming nineteenth-century woodblock print industry and explores the development of the landscape print as a new genre in this period. It also discusses and illustrates the process and techniques of traditional Japanese woodblock print-making.