#Utagawa Hiroshige

Men praying by turbulent waters in a torrential downpour. Asian Art

Rain in Japanese Art

Although Japanese weather varies greatly across the archipelago, the abundance of rain throughout the year remains a common phenomenon across Japan.

Maya M. Tola 8 November 2022

Japanese woodblock prints Asian Art

How Japanese Woodcuts Are Made

Hokusai’s Great Wave from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and Hiroshige’s The Plum Garden in Kameido from One Hundred Famous Views of...

Irina Diana Calu 4 November 2022

Utagawa Hiroshige, Maple Trees at Mama, Tekona Shrine and Tsugi Bridge, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 1857, ink on paper, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Maple Trees at Mama by Utagawa Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige’s prints were exported to Europe and became very popular with Western artists. Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh owned...

James W Singer 27 October 2022

Art History 101

Japonisme: Western Fever for Japanese Art and Culture

During the mid 19th and 20th centuries, Western art saw the birth of Japonisme. The term was coined by Philippe Burty in 1872 and refers to the craze...

Jimena Escoto 10 May 2022

Animals

What Bunnies Are Capable Of – Bunny Paintings Not Only for Easter

I had already written about eggs and how often they feature in art (quirky…). This Easter it is time for another symbol: the Easter Bunny! The...

Magda Michalska 17 April 2022

Birds in art cover Hiroshige Animals

Owls, Peacocks and Sparrows: Birds in Art

The idea of birds in art probably brings to mind John James Audubon, the 19th-century ornithologist who wrote and illustrated the landmark series The...

Alexandra Kiely 8 February 2022

Edo Period Ogata Kōrin, Red and White Plum Blossoms, early 18th century, MOA Museum of Art, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture - Edo Period Art History 101

Edo Period in 10 Words and 4 Schools of Painting

Edo Period in Japan lasted from 1603 to 1867/8. During this time the country was ruled by the Tokugawa shogunate. Those 250 years were for Japan a...

Joanna Kaszubowska 17 January 2022

Asian Art

Here Are the Japanese Winter Prints: The Art of Ukiyo-e

The Ukiyo-e genre of art flourished in Japan between the 17th and 19th centuries. The term translates as “picture[s] of the floating...

Zuzanna Stańska, Kate Wojtczak 21 December 2021

Post-Impressionism

Vincent van Gogh Copying Other Artists

Vincent van Gogh is famous today for two reasons. Firstly, his unstoppable creativity. He produced 2,100 artworks in just over a decade. And,...

Anastasia Manioudaki 27 May 2020