Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 47, Kameyama, c. 1833-1834
Ink on Paper
8 15/16 in. x 13 13/16 in. (227.01 mm x 350.84 mm)
On mat in pencil: Exhibited Nov-Dec 1987 Clark Museum, Johnson Collection XIX n.217. Signed: Hiroshige ga. Censor's seal: Kiwame.
Nishiki-e, horizontal oban; colored ink on paper.
Color woodblock print with an image of a snowy landscape.
Kameyama is one of the superb snow scenes from the Tokaido Road series. A daimyo procession climbs up the steep slope that runs from the left corner to top right, where Kameyama Castle perches on its stone wall. A sunset shy with pink bokashi at the horizon and tembokashi blue gives a strikingly beautiful touch to the print, which is otherwise white and gray monochrome. It expresses the crisp, pure, biting air that marks clear weather after snow.
The dramatic but simple composition, with the exaggerated steepness of a slope stabilized only by tall pines in the foreground, reveals Hiroshige's design genius at its best.
Kameyama was famous for its mid-sixteenth-century castle, which had been occupied by a succession of daimyo families. In Hiroshige's time, it belonged to the daimyo of the Ishikawa.
(ref. “Hokusai and Hiroshige,” p.210 )
Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi) seal.
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