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Eight Shadow Figures by Utagawa Hiroshige

Eight Shadow Figures by Utagawa Hiroshige

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Hiroshige is considered the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre ("pictures of the floating world"), or the traditional woodblock printing that flourished from the 17th to the 19th centuries.  Hiroshige’s work, like other masters of the genre, is marked by a visual language of unusual viewpoints, abrupt cropping, exquisite stylization and patches of vivid color. “Ukiyo,” the Buddhist concept of impermanence, was adapted artistically by ukiyo-e artists to represent the “floating world” of transient activities in daily life, especially in the theaters, teahouses and brothels of Japan’s great cities. While only the wealthy could afford paintings by the artists of the day, ukiyo-e prints were enjoyed by a wide audience because they could be produced quite cheaply and in large numbers.

 

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