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Mountains and Rivers Along the Kisokaidō, 1930

Utagawa Hiroshige

A delicate, even rickety, bridge over an icy river anchors this composition of a winter landscape. Cliffs and peaks are sharply carved, with gray shadows delineating plunging descents, while wind-shaped trees punctuate the scene. The rushing river, painted in a brilliant blue, contrasts with the subdued gray and white tones. A treacherous path along the cliff, eventually connecting to the little bridge, is the subject of the composition: the Kisokaidō route, one of five routes that connected the royal capitol of Japan, Edo (now Tokyo) with the ancient city of Kyoto.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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