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A study on Hiroshige’s paintings of famous places

milim Lee 1

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ABSTRACT

Before 1830, Hiroshige studied classics such as the Kano school, the Shijo school, and Western-style painting, with an eye toward Hokusai, and then gradually attempted to switch to a gentle Japanese style of brushwork. He subsequently developed his tendency to translate his sensitivity to changes in nature and climate into lyrical paintings of famous places, which began to receive positive reviews from the public. Ichiyusai’s Famous Places in the Eastern Capital series led him to acquire a new style of landscape print-making. Furthermore, the lyrical images of rain, snow, and fog in the Hoeido version of the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido series, which are reminiscent of the shogunate’s dedication to horses, were well received by the public. The excellent print processing techniques that he demonstrated in the famous place paintings he subsequently published solidified his position as an ukiyo-e landscape painter. The Ryogoku Evening Moon from Famous Places in the Eastern Capital and the Shower at Ohashi Atake from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, created in 1856 at the end of Hiroshige’s life, influenced impressionist painters such as James Whistler and Vincent Van Gogh.

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