Hiroshige: The Winter Scenes

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Exhibition

Oct 200515 Dec 200518

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Gallery 107

Chicago, Illinois, 60603
United States

A much-loved designer of 19th-century Japanese landscape prints, Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) created images that leave lasting impressions. Particularly breathtaking are his winter scenes of Edo-period Japan that show people going about their everyday lives. Whether sightseeing or carrying loads through a mountain pass, small figures are dwarfed by the sheer beauty of nature. In one of the most famous prints in the museum’s collection, it is late evening in the village of Kanbara. Travelers trudge through ankle-deep snow, making their way along the Tokaido road, which ran from Edo (now Tokyo) to Kyoto. To guard themselves against the elements, one figure has covered himself with a straw “raincoat,” while another protects himself with an umbrella.

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6110
(312) 443-3600
http://www.artic.edu/

 

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