Ando Hiroshige Prints

Japanese Woodblock Art

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), often credited as Andō Hiroshige or Ichiyūsai Hiroshige, was pre-eminent Japanese woodblock printer, or ukiyo-e artist. His parents died when he was only 12, at which point he took over his father's hereditary job as a fire chief at shogun's palace. Hiroshige showed much artistic promise as a young boy, and because his job was easy and paid him adequately, he could study advanced art techniques at his liesure.

At 15 he became an apprentice the ukiyo-e master Utagawa Toyohiro, who trained many other prominent artists in Japan. Hiroshige's series Famous Places in the Eastern Capital and The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō are his most celebrated works, helping assure his reputation as one of the foremost woodblock artists of his time and earning him many loyal customers. Hiroshige's iconic print, Navaro Rapids is one of the most recognizeable ukiyo-e pieces of the Edo period.

By the time he was 30 he had resigned his sinecure as fire chief so that he could be an artist full-time. During his lifetime, Hiroshige created tens of thousands of prints and paintings. Such prolificacy was borne out of his need to earn a decent living, since printmaking was only moderately profitable. (Images courtesy of Allposters.com.)

Navaro Rapids, c.1855
Navaro Rapids, c.1855
Ando Hiroshige
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Grounds of the Kameido Tenjin Shrine
Grounds of the Kameido Tenjin Shrine
Ando Hiroshige
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The Maple Trees
The Maple Trees
Ando Hiroshige
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Carp', from the Series 'Collection of Fish'
Carp', from the Series 'Collection of Fish'
Ando Hiroshige
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Evening Bell at Mii Temple
Evening Bell at Mii Temple
Ando Hiroshige
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The 53 Stations of the Tokaido, Station 45: Shono-juku, Mie Prefecture
The 53 Stations of the Tokaido, Station 45: Shono-juku, Mie Prefecture
Ando Hiroshige
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Snow Scene in the Garden of a Daimyo
Snow Scene in the Garden of a Daimyo
Ando Hiroshige
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Suigin Grove and Masaki
Suigin Grove and Masaki
Ando Hiroshige
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Night Snow, Kambara', from the Series 'The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido'
Night Snow, Kambara', from the Series 'The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido'
Ando Hiroshige
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Autumn Moon, Tama River', from the Series 'Eight Views of Famous Places'
Autumn Moon, Tama River', from the Series 'Eight Views of Famous Places'
Ando Hiroshige
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Asakusa Rice Fields During the Festival of the Cock
Asakusa Rice Fields During the Festival of the Cock
Ando Hiroshige
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The 53 Stations of the Tokaido, Station 10: Hakone-juku, Kanagawa Prefecture
The 53 Stations of the Tokaido, Station 10: Hakone-juku, Kanagawa Prefecture
Ando Hiroshige
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Snowy Landscape
Snowy Landscape
Ando Hiroshige
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The 53 Stations of the Tokaido, The Start: Nihonbashi, Tokyo
The 53 Stations of the Tokaido, The Start: Nihonbashi, Tokyo
Ando Hiroshige
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