The Hiroshiges’ Landscapes:Hiroshige Ⅰ, Ⅱ and Ⅲ : from Edo to Meiji Periode

Introduction of the Exhibition

Utagawa Hiroshige’s work is still popular today, but he was also a tremendously well sought-after illustrator back in the Edo period.Hiroshige I had two more students who inherited his name as Hiroshige II (Shigenobu) and Hiroshige III (Shigemasa). In this exhibition, by focusing on the flow of continuity in their drawing styles from Hiroshige I to II and III, their works from many periods and locations will be presented. Hiroshige I established Ukiyo-e scenic pictures which deftly display such techniques as dynamic scenography and compositions of an aerial view, gently capturing the life of ordinary people. Hiroshige II and III also adopted the I’s style, and produced outstanding pictures. These two artists played an especially lively part in the transition between Edo and Meiji periods, and their ravishing works vividly and skillfully describe newly adopted customs such as the rickshaw, electric cables, and people in Western attire. Hiroshige I’s grit as an ukiyo-e illustrator to capture ‘now at this moment’ was passed on to the II’s and III’s works even in a turbulent and tumultuous age, and gave us their title as “Hiroshige of Scenic Pictures”. Notice the individuality as a series of work and the similarity of the ukiyo-e scenic works that are maintained throughout the three generations of Hiroshiges who lived between the Edo and Meiji periods.

53 Stations of the Toukaido

Utagawa Hiroshige
Hamamatsu, from the series “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaidou”


Utagawa Hiroshige II
Forty-Eight Famous Views of Edo Saruwaka-chou

Enoshima Island

Utagawa HiroshigeⅡ
Shichiri-ga-hama Beach of Sagami Province, from the series “One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Various Provinces”

Spacial exhibition

Utagawa HiroshigeⅢ
Chiryu: Chiryu jinja Shrine, from the series, “Famous Places along Toukai: Chronicle of the Renewed Japan”