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Kanazawa Bay at Moonlight, from the series Snow, Moon, Flowers

Kanazawa Bay at Moonlight, from the series Snow, Moon, Flowers

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Utagawa Hiroshige

This is one of a set of three triptychs Hiroshige designed near the end of his life. They represent snow, moon, and flowers, a grouping called setsugekka that was an established literary and artistic motif. This design demonstrates the artist’s indebtedness to the work and teachings of earlier Utagawa landscape artists, notably Toyoharu and Toyohiro. Furthermore, the scene unmistakably refers to an earlier joint work with Kunisada, titled Akashi, in which Hiroshige designed the distant landscape. In this work representing the moon, Hiroshige depicts Kanazawa Bay with its small islands and dramatic coastline.
Artist
Utagawa Hiroshige
(Japanese, 1797 - 1858)
Title
Kanazawa Bay at Moonlight, from the series Snow, Moon, Flowers
Date
1857
Medium
Color woodcut
Dimensions
14 3/4 x 29 3/4 in. Overall
Credit
Gift of Linda and John Comstock
Accession No.
2003.48.3a-c
Classification
Prints
Geography
Japan

Related

  • Mueller, Laura. "Competition and Collaboration: Japanese Prints of the Utagawa School." Leiden, The Netherlands: Hotei Publishing, 2007. p. 125, no. 97

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