Name One Hundred Viewings of Mt. Fuji, First Edition
Times Edo Period
Use Hampon (picture book), 21.4 x 15.3cm
Utagawa Hiroshige
1859 (Ansei 6)

This is Utagawa Hiroshige’s (1797-1858) work from his latest year. According to the introduction written by him, it was inspired greatly by Katsushika Hokusai’s One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji series, and aiming to emphasis the realistic expression of the works. Originally, it was intended to produce one hundred views, but the number of views eventually published was only twenty, in one volume. As for similar books, there is “True Views of Mt. Fuji”, published in 1889, two volume (Okura Shoten), and the first volume was the republication of “One Hundred Viewings of Mt. Fuji”. Also, in the second volume, there is a picture as “the way to Enoshima Island”, the landscape print of Mt. Fuji that is similar to that of Hiroshige.

Utagawa Hiroshige
Kansei 9~Ansei 5 (1799~1858)
Hiroshige was a pupil of Utagawa Toyohiro. He also studied varieties of painting styles from Kano school, nan-ga (southern Chinese painting style), and Shijō school. He was active as an ukiyo-e artist from Bunsei 1 to his death (1818~1858). He first produced pictures of beautiful women, Kabuki actors and worriers, but from the Tempō era he was acknowledged as a leading landscape artist. He published many pictures of famous places such as the series “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido”. Hiroshige’s the other fortes were kachoga (picture of birds and flowers) and animal pictures.