He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:17 pm

Hiroshige One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
In the mid 19th Century the great Japanese print maker Utagawa Hiroshige (also known as Ando Hiroshige) created his most well known and influential series of prints, titled One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.

These are considered to be among the greatest works in Japanese art.

The Brooklyn Museum, which has a complete set in its collection, has made images of the prints available on its website.

Hiroshige’s views of the city, known as modern day Tokyo, show the city and its environs in the four seasons. You can view them organized that way, browse by keyword, or browse them all in a single page of thumbnails.

The larger images also have a magnifier feature, that you may find useful (better than some, though a larger full image would still be much preferred). The regular images are large enough, however, to be enjoyed on their own.

4 comments for Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo »

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  1. Comment by Dave Dubé
    Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    Wood cuts… Amazing.

  2. Comment by Yelena Shabrova
    Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 3:12 am

    My all-time favorite woodcut series! It’s wonderful to see it online and so well presented.

  3. Comment by Airbrush
    Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    Amazing. How wonderful it would be in real.

  4. Comment by aelle
    Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Interesting to discover that the Japanese have their own specific traditional and ceremonial colors.
    Therefore my request to you, Charley, if you could explain more on Japanese colors.

    January – Pine: sprout green and deep purple
    February – Redblossom plum: crimson and purple
    March – Peach: peach and khaki
    April – Cherry: white and burgundy
    May – Orange Flower: deadleaf yellow and purple
    June – Artemesia: sprout green and yellow
    July – Lily: red and deadleaf yellow
    August – Cicada wing: cedar bark and sky blue
    September – Aster: lavender and burgundy
    October – Bush Clover: rose and slate blue
    November – Maple: vermilion and grey-green
    December – Chrysanthemum: lavender and deep blue

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