Here is some more Japanese woodblock art
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Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, such as the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidōand The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō; and for his depictions of birds and flowers. The subjects of his work were atypical of the ukiyo-e genre, whose typical focus was on beautiful women, popular actors, and other scenes of the urban pleasure districts of Japan's Edo period (1603–1868). The popular Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series by Hokusai was a strong influence on Hiroshige's choice of subject, though Hiroshige's approach was more poetic and ambient than Hokusai's bolder, more formal prints.
In Hiroshige’s groundbreaking series, The 53 Stations of the Tokaido (1832-1833), Hiroshige captured the journey along the Tokaido road, the highway connecting Edo to Kyoto, the imperial capital. With the Tokugawa Shogunate relaxing centuries of age-old restrictions on travel, urban populations embraced travel art and Hiroshige became one of the most prominent and successful ukiyo-e artists. He also produced kacho-e (bird-and-flower pictures) to enormous success. In 1858, at the age of 61, he passed away as a result of the Edo cholera epidemic.
Hiroshige’s work continues to convey the beauty of Japan and provide insight into the everyday life of its citizens. The appeal of his tender, lyrical landscapes was not restricted to the Japanese audience. Hiroshige’s work had a profound influence on the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists of Europe: Toulouse-Lautrec was fascinated with Hiroshige’s daring diagonal compositions and inventive use of perspective, Van Gogh literally copied two prints from Hiroshige’s famed series, 100 Famous Views of Edo in oil paint.
Thank you yoko.
These are lovely images.
I am really enjoying these images.
Thank you yoko and thank you Vicky for enlarging the images.
I don't seem to be able to upload the 2nd image, but I will try some of the others.
Here is the last image.
Still trying the 2nd image.
Can't get it?
Thank you yoko for the very interesting topic.
I took one of the images from one of your earlier woodblock posts since I could not get the image number 2 either. I am not sure it is the same artist?
I will try the 2nd image again.
Still could not get it.
Still cannot enlarge it. No idea why.
It is really strange with this 2nd image, but we can still enlarge it while reading it, then it disappears again??