The famous, Ukiyo-e artist, printmaker, and writer
left his stamp on the world of art.
Learning traditional styles and techniques, Hiroshige
soon branched out to create his own style, which was
considered among the greatest of all times.
Although he worked as a firefighter until age 31, he
took on a new interest in art.
While Hiroshige created many unique and beautiful
pieces, his landscape and scenery artwork was what he became
best known for creating.
Throughout his painting and printmaking career,
Hiroshige was able to capture various life scenes in Edo
unlike any other artist ever accomplished.
He was known for using vivid colors, wonderful
techniques of shading and producing pieces with shine or
glitter, and capturing real moments in life.
In fact, his work was so exceptional that you would
marvel at the incredible detailing of everything created.
For instance, Hiroshige’s 36 Views of Mt. Fuji
eventually became a favorite.
This particular piece was published in 1858 by
Tsutaya Kichizo. In
this painting, the depiction was just as the name suggests,
36 different views of the magical, Mt. Fuji.
For instance, this vertical oban format series covers
this mountain from a number of vantage points to include the
Misaka Pass, which is located across Lake Motosu in Kai
Province, as well as the Ichikoku Bridge.
For instance, you would notice in one of the
paintings a view of Mt. Fuji from the Ichikoku Bridge, which
also features a lovely willow tree.
From this view, you would be looking out from the
eastern side of the Edo Castle.
The position of the viewer is standing on the north
shore of the Nihonbashi River.
Then in the foreground is the Ikkokubashi Bridge,
which is also known in Japan as the Yatsumi Bridge.
If you look closely, you will even notice a number of
Asian travelers making their way across the bridge.
Another beautiful feature of this painting is the
view from Toto Surugachi.
In this case, two Manzai dancers are depicted as they
pass by a drapery store. With
the two dancers are smaller girls, each playing the samisen
and in the background, the gorgeous, Mt. Fuji.
You would also see a view of the mountain from Tsuru,
from a field overflowing with Cherry trees, the Tea Water
Canal, from the top of Zoshi Hill looking up from a
teahouse, and from Meguro, as the viewer peers through maple
trees with unbelievable fall colors.
You will also see Mt. Fuji being viewed from across
Edo from the point of the Ryugoku Bridge.
This piece of the artwork features a woman in a ferry
boat talking to another woman near a willow tree as the boat
passes a landing stage.
Another gorgeous view of Mt. Fuji is from the river
and then through fields flowing from Koganei City to Chofu
this depiction is quite unique from the others in that the
mountain can be seen through a small opening seen in an
ancient Cherry tree. Although
there are many other views, these few examples show the
level of detailing that Hiroshige captured in his “36
Views of Mt. Fuji.”