Utagawa Hiroshige, “Yamashiro Province: The Togetsu Bridge in Mount Arashi (Yamashiro, Arashiyama Togetsukyo),” from the series Famous Places in the 60 Odd Provinces (Rokujuyoshu meisho zue), 1853
An exhibition opening this weekend in Art Institute of Chicago dive into the huge archives of renowned Japanese ukiyo-e artists Katsushika Hokusai (before) and Utagawa Hiroshige (before). Fantastic landscapes combines the vivid scenes created by the prolific printmakers in the first half of the 19th century. The peach-colored sky, grassy cliffs in Chartreuse and their extensive applications of Prussian blue – Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” is known to layer the chemical pigment – mark a broader one Shift in the art form. Today, the couple is primarily credited with sparking a worldwide fascination for Japanese prints.
Explore some of the woodblock prints on display as part of Fantastic landscapes below, and see them in person between July 17th and October 11th this monumental book Compilation of Hokusais 36 views of Mount Fuji and Hiroshiges adorable shadow puppets.
Katsushika Hokusai, “The back of Mount Fuji seen from the Minobu River (Minobugawa Urafuji)”, from the series 36 Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei), around 1830/33
Katsushika Hokusai, “Amida Falls in the Far Reaches of the Kisokaido (Kisoji no oku Amidagataki),” from the series A tour through waterfalls in different provinces (Shokoku taki meguri)
Utagawa Hiroshige, “Plum Garden at Kameido (Kameido Umeyashiki)” from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
Utagawa Hiroshige, “Awa Province: Naruto Whirlpools (Awa, Naruto no fuha),” from the series Famous Places in the 60 Odd Provinces (Rokujuyoshu meisho zue), 1855
Katsushika Hokusai, “A Mild Breeze on a Fine Day (Gaifu kaisei)” from the series 36 Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei), c. 1830/33
Katsushika Hokusai, “Kirifuri Waterfalls on Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province (Shimotsuke Kurokamiyama Kirifuri no taki)” from the series A Tour of Waterfalls in Different Provinces (Shokoku taki meguri), c. 1833
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