Waves off the Satta Pass in Suruga Province; Ichiryusai Hiroshige; 1858; M87


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki


Waves off the Satta Pass in Suruga Province

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In the second half of the eighteenth century, masters such as Hiroshige and Hokusai used the same techniques of flat blocks of colour, highlighted by delicate detailing, which had developed in ukiyo-e prints during the Edo period in Japan (1603-1863). Eschewing the actors and courtesans so popular with many ukiyo-e artists, they both illustrated landmarks in the Japanese countryside. Hiroshige made his first journey along the Tokaido road to Kyoto, which took him along the eastern sea route, when he was allowed to accompany the convoy escorting the group of horses which the shogun was to present to the emperor in Kyoto. The bustling activity and the picturesque scenery had a great effect on him, and in 1833-34 he published the sequential series of single-sheet prints called The Fifty-three stations on the Tokaido. Whereas Hokusai was absorbed in depicting the architectural structure in landscape, Hiroshige recorded its seasonal moods, using an innovative technique of gradation or shading, called bokashi, which was particularly suited to the landscape genre. Waves off the Satta Pass, from the series Thirty-six views of Mt Fuji, illustrates why he was considered the supreme master of this genre. Hiroshige influenced many Impressionist artists, notably Monet, Whistler and Pissarro, and there are a large number of editions of his prints, some produced after his death. (from The Guide, 2001)


Ichiryusai Hiroshige

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woodcut - nishiki-e (full colour) technique


365 x 243mm

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seas, mountains, cliffs, trees, yachts, birds

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Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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