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Hiroshige I Utagawa

Japanese, (1797–1858)
Hiroshige was born in Edo (present-day Tokyo) in 1797, the son of a fire warden named Ando Genyemon who was assigned to Edo Castle, the home of the shogun (the hereditary commander of the military). His childhood name, Ando Tokutaro, was changed to
Juyemon when he reached adulthood. Hiroshige succeeded to his father’s post in 1809 and shortly thereafter began his study of art. Although he had hoped to study with the artist Toyokuni, master of the Utagawa school of woodblock printmaking, he became a pupil of Toyohiro. In 1813 he adopted the “artist’s name” (go) Hiroshige, a combination of Hiro, from his master and Shige, a derivative of Juyemon, his own name. Hiroshige eventually relinquished his fire warden duties to his brother and devoted himself entirely to painting.

In 1831, Hiroshige’s first landscape prints were published. Only two years later, he made his name as a landscape artist with his series Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road (Tokaido gojusantsugi no uchi), which became enormously popular and spawned numerous other versions by Hiroshige and other artists. For the remainder of his life, Hiroshige produced aesthetically innovative and commercially successful landscape prints. His work continued to be printed and copied long after his death in 1858.

Artist Objects

Akasaka 1966.1.652

Fukuroi 1966.1.617

Goyu 1966.1.656

Hamamatsu 1966.1.615

Ishiyakushi 1966.1.644

Kakegawa 1966.1.616

Mishima 1966.1.628

Nihonbashi 1966.1.663

Totsuka 1966.1.634

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