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Utagawa Hiroshige II
Kiyomizu Temple, Scenes of Famous Places along Tôkaidô Road - Woodblock on Paper

1863

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Kiyomizu Temple, Scenes of Famous Places along Tôkaidô Road - Woodblock on Paper Full Title: Kyoto: Kiyomizu Temple (Kyô Kiyomizudera), from the series Scenes of Famous Places along the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô meisho fûkei), also known as the Processional Tôkaidô (Gyôretsu Tôkaidô) Vibrant woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869). This piece depicts Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, as a part of the Tokaido Road series. There temple stands tall above the ground, with a balcony full of people. There are trees in bloom in the courtyard below. Another group of people are walking up the stairs to enter the temple. Presented in an off-white mat with foamcore backing. Mat size: 20"H x 16"W Paper size: 14.5"W x 9.75"W Hiroshige II, Ni-daime Utagawa Hiroshige, (1826 – 17 September 1869) was a Japanese designer of ukiyo-e art. He inherited the name Hiroshige II following the death in 1858 of his master Hiroshige, whose daughter he married. In 1865 he moved from Edo to Yokohama after dissolving his marriage and began using the name Kisai Rissho (alternate pronunciation: Ryusho). His work so resembles that of his master that scholars have often confused them. Born Suzuki Chinpei in 1826, it is said that he was born to a fireman, as was his master Hiroshige to whom he became apprenticed under the name Shigenobu at an unknown age. His earliest known work is the illustrations for a book called Twenty-four Paragons of Japan and China from 1849. Hiroshige II produced a large number of commissioned work in the 1850s in the style of the elder Hiroshige, and often signed his work Ichiryusai mon ("student of Ichiryusai", another art name of Hiroshige I's), and from c.?1853 to 1858 simply as Ichiryusai. In 1858, he married Hiroshige I's daughter Otatsu after the master's death and inherited the Hiroshige name, as well as the names Ichiryusai and Ryusai. The artist moved from Edo to Yokohama in 1865 after dissolving his marriage and began using the name Kisai Rissho (alternate pronunciation: Ryusho). During this decade he produced a number of collaborative print series, particularly with Kunisada, who had earlier worked with Hiroshige I. In his final years he turned mainly to decorating works intended for export, such as tea chests, kites, and lanterns. On 17 September 1869 he died at the age of 44. Hiroshige I took on a few students; Hiroshige II was the most successful of these. His works have often been confounded with those of his master, which they resemble closely in style, subject, and signature. Early Western scholars did not even recognize him as a separate artist. Another pupil of the first Hiroshige, Shigemasa, later married the master's daughter, Otatsu, and also began using the name Hiroshige; this artist now is known as Hiroshige III.
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    1863
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 20 in (50.8 cm)Width: 16 in (40.64 cm)Depth: 0.25 in (6.35 mm)
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  • Condition:
    Good condition, with minor imperfections. One blemish in upper left corner of print. Unfortunately, a previous owner mounted this piece with tape that mostly obscures the artist's signature on the left edge of the paper.
  • Gallery Location:
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: DBH80741stDibs: LU54214028552
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