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About Hiroshige - Famous Japanese Printmaker

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Evening Shower at Atake and the Great Bridge from the serie One Hundred Famous Views of Edo by Utagawa Hiroshige [Public domain]

Evening Shower at Atake and the Great Bridge from the serie One Hundred Famous Views of Edo by Utagawa Hiroshige [Public domain]

Famous printmaker: Ando Hiroshige 1797-1858

The compendium site is about the famous Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige (1797-1858) who was most famous for his landscape prints. It provides links to information and images of his work and prints in

  • museums and art galleries,
  • online galleries and
  • books and videos.

It was created as part of a project about Japanese Art in Making A Mark in 2008. This looked at the work of Hiroshige and his use of wood-block prints (ukiyo-e) and their influence on Impressionism. Links continue to be added on a regular basis.

Overview of The Life and Work of Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Ando Hiroshige was born in Tokyo - which was then called Edo - in 1797. In 1809, when he was just 12 years old both his parents died. His father had been both a Samurai and a fireman.

In 1811, he joined the famous painting school and studio led by the ukiyo-e master Toyohiro Utagawa in 1811

His original name was Ando Tokutaro but in 1812 he was allowed to formally change his name to Utagawa and thereafter he called himself Utagawa Hiroshige. However in most ukiyo-e literature he is usually identified by the name Hiroshige Ando.

  • Hiroshige - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Hiroshige From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaUtagawa Hiroshige 1797 in Edo - October 12, 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, and one of the last great artists in that tradition.He was also referred to as Ando Hiroshige (although this combination o
  • Hiroshige - A Life by Prof. Yone Noguchi
    LIFE OF HIROSHIGE BY PROF. YONE NOGUCHIThis Life of Hiroshige by Professor Yone Noguchi is taken from the small booklet Hiroshige and Japanese Landscapes publishedby Board of Tourist Industry Japanese Government Railways, 1936.
  • Hiroshige: An Appreciation by Charles Holmes
    HIROSHIGE: AN APPRECIATION - CHARLES HOLMES This is one of the earliest introductions to the work of Hiroshige. It was published in edition 3 of "The Dome - A Quarterly Containing Examples of All the Arts - Published at The Unicorn Press 26, Paternos
  • Hiroshige (Japanese artist) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia
    Hiroshige (Japanese artist), 1797 Edo [now Tokyo], Japan Oct. 12, 1858 Edo Japanese artist, one of the last great ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) masters of the colour woodblock print. His genius for landscape compositions was first recogn
  • Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
    Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858, sometimes called Ando Hiroshige) was the second of the two great masters of the Japanese landscape woodblock print, after Hokusai.He is particularly known for his scenes featuring snow and ra
  • Hiroshige: Biography from Answers.com
    Ando Hiroshige ( b Edo [now Tokyo], 1797; d Edo, 1858). Japanese painter and printmaker.The Japanese painter and printmaker Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) is considered one of the six great masters of the Ukiyo-e school. He is most famous for his landsca
  • Hokusai & Hiroshige - Download free content from Asian Art Museum on iTunes
    Download or subscribe to free content from Hokusai & Hiroshige by Asian Art Museum on iTunes.

BOOKS: About Ando Hiroshige and his views

Online art galleries of Hiroshige's artwork

These are links to all the online websites which provide an insight into Hiroshige's work

  • Jim Breen's Ukiyo-E Gallery - Hiroshige
    Jim Breen's Ukiyo-E Gallery - HiroshigeHiroshige's Tokaido Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) is one of the most famous Ukiyo-E artists. He specialized in landscapes, and in particular his sets of related scenes,such as the "Hundred Famous Places of Edo" and
  • Ando Hiroshige
    The Woodblock Prints of Ando Hiroshige
  • Hiroshige - WikiPaintings.org
    All artworks by Hiroshige listed on Wikipaintings
  • WebMuseum: Hiroshige, Ando
    Japanese painter and printmaker Hiroshige was the last great figure of the Ukiyo-e, or popular, school of printmaking, and was known especially for his ...
  • Ando Hiroshige Online
    Ando Hiroshige [Japanese Ukiyo-e Printmaker, 1797-1858] Guide to pictures of works by Ando Hiroshige in art museum sites and image archives worldwide.
  • Ando Hiroshige
    The Woodblock Prints of Ando Hiroshige. ... THE WOODBLOCK PRINTS OF ANDO HIROSHIGE. Seba - No32 Kisokaido Road Series ENTER. Last Updated 29 October 2006 ...
  • Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
    Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858, sometimes called Ando Hiroshige) was the second of the two great masters of the Japanese landscape woodblock print, ...
  • Hiroshige
    The 53 Stations of the Tokaido is Hiroshige's trademark series. The original Tokaido prints were completed in 1834, but Hiroshige returned to the subject ...
  • Hiroshige II Online
    Hiroshige II [Japanese Ukiyo-e Printmaker, 1826-1869] Guide to pictures of works by Hiroshige II in art museum sites and image archives worldwide.
Yokkaichi, San Cho Kwa, Station 44  Wood block color print by Hiroshige

Yokkaichi, San Cho Kwa, Station 44 Wood block color print by Hiroshige

Yokkaichi San Cho Kwa Station 44 by Utagawa Hiroshige[see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

Hiroshige in Art Galleries and Museums

These links are to works by Hiroshige in the permanent collections of art galleries and museums

Utagawa Hiroshige [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Exhibitions of Hiroshige's work

Periodically, there are exhibitions of Hiroshige's work although more commonly his work is included in exhibitions about Japanese art and ukiyo-e. Below are links to significant recent exhibitions of his work

Kinryuzan Temple Asakusa (Asakusa Kinryuzan) No. 99 from One Hundred Famous View of Edo

Utagawa Hiroshige[see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

Reviews of Hiroshige's work

Night View of Saruwaka-machi by Utagawa Hiroshige [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  • Chronicler of a floating world | Art & Architecture | Guardian Unlimited Arts
    Hiroshige's prints of 19th-century Japan conjure up an unchanging, impossibly tranquil world. They are masterful, writes Adrian Searle - but don't be fooledWednesday December 19, 2007
  • Hiroshige - Stewart Guide to Japanese Prints
    Basil Stewart's book, 'A Guide to Japanese Prints and Their Subject Matter', was first published by E. P. Dutton and Company, New York in 1922 with the title 'Subjects Portrayed in Japanese Colour Prints'. It was reprinted as an unabridged edition by
  • Strange - The Colour-Prints of Hiroshige
    ANDO HIROSHIGETHE COLOUR-PRINTS OF HIROSHIGE - EDWARDF. STRANGE Edward F. Strange's book, 'The Colour-Prints of Hiroshige', was firstpublished in 1925 by Cassell & Company, London in an Edition de Luxeof 250 numbered copies and as a standard trad
  • Strange - The Colour-Prints of Hiroshige
    ANDO HIROSHIGETHE COLOUR-PRINTS OF HIROSHIGE - EDWARD F. STRANGE CHAPTER XII SKETCH-BOOKS AND DRAWINGSThe sketches and notes and studies - the memoria technica - of any considerable artist have a charm which often surpasses that of the finished work.

VIDEO: Japanese painter - Utagawa Hiroshige

VIDEO: Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection

Exhibition Catalogue: Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints - from the James a Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts

Amazon reviews: 4.9 out of 5 stars (7 customer reviews)

Includes 200 prints from the Great Japanese Prints Exhibition. This focuses on prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige from the James A Michener Collection

Ichikobu Bridge - From the series 36 Views of Mount Fuji - by Utagawa Hiroshige

Ichikobu Bridge - From the series 36 Views of Mount Fuji - by Utagawa Hiroshige

Making A Mark - posts which reference Hiroshige

In 2008 I developed a project about Japanese art on my blog 'Making A Mark' and these are the blog posts which are relevant to Hiroshige - below are links to two of these posts.

  • Making a Mark: The elements of ukiyo-e
    This post aims to provide an overview of the different elements of design used in a Japanese wood block print - ukiyo-e. For an explanation of the elements of design see this post - Composition - The Elements of Design
  • Making a Mark: Principles of design and composition and ukiyo-e
    In my reading, I'm finding a lot of space devoted to narrating biography and history and describing images but very little which actually discusses images in terms of pictorial form and construction. the only book which has a detailed discussion is t

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editionh on February 16, 2011:

Great resource on Hiroshige!

anonymous on November 07, 2008:

wow. do you have any info on him in his early life...like when he was younger???

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