Utagawa Hiroshige

29 Nov — 16 Apr 2017 at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, United Kingdom

Sunrise at Shinagawa  1833-34  Utagawa Hiroshige I - 1797 – 1858 - Colour woodblock print © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Sunrise at Shinagawa 1833-34 Utagawa Hiroshige I - 1797 – 1858 - Colour woodblock print © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
20 JAN 2017

This exhibition showcases 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.

He 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 seasons. His work influenced many leading European artists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Whistler.

This exhibition of 21 prints selected from the Ashmolean Museum collection, celebrates 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 major highway and is full of fascinating insights into the journey between the great Japanese cities of Edo and Kyoto.