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About Hiroshige - Famous Japanese Printmaker

Updated on October 04, 2016
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Katherine has researched and written about many British, European and Japanese Artists - both past and present

Evening Shower at Atake and the Great Bridge from the serie One Hundred Famous Views of Edo by Utagawa Hiroshige [Public domain]
Evening Shower at Atake and the Great Bridge from the serie One Hundred Famous Views of Edo by Utagawa Hiroshige [Public domain] | Source

Famous printmaker: Ando Hiroshige 1797-1858

The compendium site is about the famous Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige (1797-1858) who was most famous for his landscape prints. It provides links to information and images of his work and prints in

  • museums and art galleries,
  • online galleries and
  • books and videos.

It was created as part of a project about Japanese Art in Making A Mark in 2008. This looked at the work of Hiroshige and his use of wood-block prints (ukiyo-e) and their influence on Impressionism. Links continue to be added on a regular basis.

Overview of The Life and Work of Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Ando Hiroshige was born in Tokyo - which was then called Edo - in 1797. In 1809, when he was just 12 years old both his parents died. His father had been both a Samurai and a fireman.

In 1811, he joined the famous painting school and studio led by the ukiyo-e master Toyohiro Utagawa in 1811

His original name was Ando Tokutaro but in 1812 he was allowed to formally change his name to Utagawa and thereafter he called himself Utagawa Hiroshige. However in most ukiyo-e literature he is usually identified by the name Hiroshige Ando.

BOOKS: About Ando Hiroshige and his views

Online art galleries of Hiroshige's artwork

These are links to all the online websites which provide an insight into Hiroshige's work

Yokkaichi, San Cho Kwa, Station 44  Wood block color print by Hiroshige
Yokkaichi, San Cho Kwa, Station 44 Wood block color print by Hiroshige | Source

Yokkaichi San Cho Kwa Station 44 by Utagawa Hiroshige[see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

Hiroshige in Art Galleries and Museums

These links are to works by Hiroshige in the permanent collections of art galleries and museums

Utagawa Hiroshige [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Exhibitions of Hiroshige's work

Periodically, there are exhibitions of Hiroshige's work although more commonly his work is included in exhibitions about Japanese art and ukiyo-e. Below are links to significant recent exhibitions of his work

Kinryuzan Temple Asakusa (Asakusa Kinryuzan) No. 99 from One Hundred Famous View of Edo

Utagawa Hiroshige[see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

Reviews of Hiroshige's work

Night View of Saruwaka-machi by Utagawa Hiroshige [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

VIDEO: Japanese painter - Utagawa Hiroshige

VIDEO: Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection

Exhibition Catalogue: Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints - from the James a Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts

Amazon reviews: 4.9 out of 5 stars (7 customer reviews)

Includes 200 prints from the Great Japanese Prints Exhibition. This focuses on prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige from the James A Michener Collection

Ichikobu Bridge - From the series 36 Views of Mount Fuji - by Utagawa Hiroshige
Ichikobu Bridge - From the series 36 Views of Mount Fuji - by Utagawa Hiroshige | Source

Making A Mark - posts which reference Hiroshige

In 2008 I developed a project about Japanese art on my blog 'Making A Mark' and these are the blog posts which are relevant to Hiroshige - below are links to two of these posts.

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      editionh 6 years ago

      Great resource on Hiroshige!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wow. do you have any info on him in his early life...like when he was younger???

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