Our Art / Utagawa Hiroshige
A Japanese artist specializing in woodblock prints, Hiroshige (1797–1848) is considered the last great master of that tradition. He is especially noted for using unusual vantage points, seasonal allusions, and striking colors. His subjects were not typical of woodblock prints which often featured beautiful women in costume or more theatrical scenes, instead his approach was more poetic and ambient. Hiroshige's work came to highly influence Western painting towards the end of the 19th century, when Japanese art and culture became popular in Europe. Western artists closely studied Hiroshige's compositions and some artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, even painted copies of Hiroshige's prints.