Artist: Hiroshige AndoTitle: Mikawa Island, Kanasugi and MinowaSeries: No. 102 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of EdoDate: Showa era edition printed from recarved blocksMedium: Japanese Woodblock PrintSize: oban, 10 x 14.75 inches
Utagawa Hiroshige or Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) was a Japanese artist during the 19th century and is considered the last great master of the ukiyo-e movement. His approach was more poetic and ambient than the typical ukiyo-e style, and his innovative compositions were a great influence to Western painters, such as Vincent van Gogh. The term ukiyo-e translates to "pictures of the floating world" and refers to a genre of Japanese art with a wide span of imagery such as kabuki actors, folk tales, landscapes, and even erotica. This movement was critical in forming the Western perception of Japanese art.
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