The piece is glazed and mounted in an original antique ebonised frame. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, as a part of the trend in "Japonism", European artists such as Monet, Whistler, and Cézanne, looked to Hiroshige's work for inspiration, and a certain Vincent van Gogh was known to paint copies of his prints. Hiroshige was born in 1797 to a samurai family in Edo (modern Tokyo). After his parents died, around the age of fourteen, Hiroshige began to take up painting and studied for several years under the artist Toyohiro. During this period he produced many works reflecting traditional ukiyo-e themes such as women and actors, but upon Toyohiro's death in 1928 he underwent a pronounced shift toward the landscapes for which he is best known today, as well as bird and flower images.
His most famous series include. Famous Views of the Eastern Capital. The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido. The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido.Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. In 1856, around the age of 60, Hiroshige "retired from the world", becoming a Buddhist monk. Two years later he passed away (during the great Edo cholera epidemic, though it's not known if this was the cause of death) and was buried in a Zen temple in Asakusa. Just before his passing, he wrote the following poem. I leave my brush in the East And set forth on my journey. I shall see the famous places in the Western Land. Minor surface markings and visible foxing to print. Some scuffs and scrapes to antique frame.
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