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Maple Trees at Mama, Tekona Shrine and Linked Bridge [from series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo] by Utagawa Hiroshige
Maple Trees at Mama, Tekona Shrine and Linked Bridge [from series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo] by Utagawa Hiroshige

Maple Trees at Mama, Tekona Shrine and Linked Bridge [from series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo], 1857

Utagawa Hiroshige

The orange maple leaves’ brilliant color in the foreground of this image is echoed in the pale orange rooftops below. The rooftops belong to a shrine pilgrims could visit by crossing a tree-lined bridge. The autumn leaves made this region, near Japan’s provincial capital, Edo, famous. In earlier times, this area was known for a particularly large tree. The artist might be alluding to that tree in his use of a single large forked trunk to frame this view. Subtle details, like the birds flying in formation in the far distance, complete this poetic scene.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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