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Sunrise at Shinagawa, Utagawa Hiroshige I, colour woodblock print

Sunrise at Shinagawa, Utagawa Hiroshige I, colour woodblock print

Hiroshige’s Japan: Stations of the Tokaido Road

29 November 2016 to 16 April 2017

A selection of Japanese woodblock prints from the series that made Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) one of the best known of all Japanese artists. His landscape prints are among the most frequently reproduced of all Japanese works of art and were hugely successful both in Japan and in the West.

This exhibition of 21 prints from the Ashmolean Museum collection celebrated the series that made Hiroshige’s name: Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road. First published around 1833, the series depicts views along Japan’s mayor highway and is full of fascinating insights into the journey between the great Japanese cities of Edo and Kyoto.

Utagawa Hiroshige is particularly renowned for his landscape prints and his unusual compositions, humorous depictions of people involved in everyday activities and masterly expression of weather, light and season influenced many leading European artists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Whistler.

Hiroshige’s Japan: Stations of the Tōkaidō Road was toured by the Ashmolean Museum and was chosen for RAMM because of its connection with the collections. Complementing Hiroshige’s prints there was a Japanese triptych book  from RAMM’s collection. You can find out more about this artefact in the link below:

http://rammcollections.org.uk/2017/02/01/japanese-triptych-book/

 

 

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