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Ando Hiroshige
Edo Utagawa Woodblock print
Japanese, (1797–1858) F.N.: Tokutaro, later Jubei, Juemon, Tokubei. Go: Ichiryusai, Ichiyusai, Ryusai, Tokaido Utashige.
Ukiyo-e painter and printmaker who lived in Edo. The son of an official of the fire department assisgned to Edo Castle. He showed an early interest in art, and was first taught by Okajima Rinsai. He then tried unsuccessfully to enter Utagawa Toyokuni's studio; at about 14 he became a pupil of Utagawa Toyohiro. He also studied Nanga painting under Ooka Umpo. He was interested in Western art and the work of the Shijo school. He gave up his hereditary position in the first department to his son, leaving himself free to devote himself to painting and designing prints. In 1812 he took the name of Hiroshige. In 1833, the year following a trip to the Tokaido, he produced his famous Tokaido Gojusan Tsugi (Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido). He gradually gave up figure prints for landscapes and kachoga. His subject matter was provided through his many trips throughout Japan. Hiroshige produced an enormous number of single sheets, prints in series, sketches, and paintings: about 8,000 known items. A delightful, charming, dextrous artist of Japanese life and topography, and deservedly popular in the West. More than any other printmaker, he was responsible for the Westerner's view of "quaint Japan."


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