UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE

Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige is known as the last great ukiyo-e artist. Ukiyo-e art is a genre of Japanese woodblocks and paintings that features beautiful women, sumo wrestlers, travel scenes, landscapes, and history/folk tales. He particularly enjoyed depicting landscapes, birds, and flowers. His finest achievement is the series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido. Hiroshige was recognized in the West by Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. The son of a warden of a fire brigade, Hiroshige spent most of his childhood sketching. When his parents died, he assumed his father’s role as a fire fighter, which gave him plenty of downtime to pursue art. He received classical training at art school. After much practice, he published a book of illustrations. He was no child prodigy, so he worked hard to achieve his level of artistic prestige. Hiroshige produced over 8,000 works over his lifetime.

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