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Utagawa Ando Hiroshige : “The Plum Garden at Kameido Shrine” (1857)

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Utagawa (also called Ando) Hiroshige is recognized as one of the last great masters of the ukiyo-e tradition. Literally, “pictures of the floating world,” ukiyo-e had largely emphasized erotic and pop cultural subjects, such as beautiful women, kabuki actors, and scenes from history and folk tales, but Hiroshige — following Hokusai — chose to specialize in landscapes and travel series which dovetailed with the rising popularity of tourism in Edo Japan. It is estimated that he created more than 5,000 prints during his lifetime and each is a visual poem unto itself.

One of his final series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, The Plum Garden at Kameido Shrine depicts the most famous tree in Edo; the so-called “Sleeping Dragon Plum,” which had blossoms “so white when in full bloom as to drive off the darkness.” This print was later copied by Vincent van Gogh, an avid collector of Japanese art, in his oil painting Flowering Plum Tree (1887).

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