歌川広重 冨士三十六景 相模江之島入口
Name The Entrance of Enoshima Island of Sagami Province, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji
Times Edo Period
Use O-ban polychrome print, 33.9 x 22.2cm
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
c.1858 (Ansei 5), Publisher: Tsutakichi

This series was produced in Hirogshige’s latest year. Mt. Fuji and the mountains of Hakone through a huge Torii gate situated at the entrance of the path to Enoshima Island are illustrated. By situating the large Torii gate in front, Hiroshige persuades the viewer to experience the depth in the picture. This clever composition was not based on the real landscape but only realized in the picture created by 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.