Thursday, January 23, 2014

One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.
~Japanese proverb

This Art Thursday, we have selections from the beautiful "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" by Andō Hiroshige (1797–1858). The "Views" were made from 1856-1858 and Edo is modern-day Tokyo, so these woodblock prints show seasonal scenes of 19th century Tokyo. (You might notice that the numbers for the last three images are higher than 100. There are actually 118 pictures in the series!)

Plum Estate, Kameido (Kameido Umeyashiki)
no. 30

Mannen Bridge, Fukagawa (Fukagawa Mannenbashi)
no. 51

Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake (Ohashi Atake no Yudachi)
no. 52

Sakasai Ferry
no. 58

Silk-Goods Lane, Odenma-cho
no. 74

The Dyers' District in Kanda
no. 75

Kinryuzan Temple, Asakusa (Asakusa Kinryuzan)
no. 99

Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival
no. 101

Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo
no. 107

The Drum Bridge and Sunset Hill at Meguro
no. 111

Information about the process of printing One Hundred Famous Views of Edo from the Brooklyn Museum


Irene Latham said...

Now that's a series! Love #107 especially.

Liz Steinglass said...

I LOVE Hiroshige.

Pop said...

These are exquisite....and woodblock prints are very difficult to do.

I love the way the scenes depict different seasons as well as views. The Sudden Shower and the snow scene are my favorites, in fact.

jama said...

These are really lovely! I like 58 and 101 especially. :)

jama said...

These are really lovely! I like 58 and 101 especially. :)