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(pseudonym, Hiroshige Utagawa). Born 1797 in Edo (present-day Tokyo); died there Oct. 12, 1858. Japanese woodcut engraver of the ukiyo-e school.
Hiroshige traveled extensively about Japan. He produced numerous series of colored landscapes, including Ten Views of the Eastern Capital (1827), 53 Stages of the Tokaido (1833–34), More Than 60 Views of the Provinces (1853–56), 36 Views of Mount Fuji (1854–58), and 100 Views of Edo (1856–58).
Hiroshige rendered space in a distinctive manner, frequently stressing a prominent detail in the foreground and treating the distant landscape more softly. He also made use of linear perspective. His exquisitely lyrical landscapes usually depict people going about their everyday tasks. Hiroshige had an important influence on the European landscape of the impressionist and postimpressionist schools.
REFERENCESDashkevich, V. Khirosige. Leningrad, 1974.
Robinson, B. W. Hiroshige. London, 1964.