Koganei in Musashi Province (Musashi koganei), from the series Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji (Fuji sanjurokkei)
1797 - 1858
Over the period of his career, Utagawa Hiroshige is believed to have created up to 5000 designs for woodblock prints. This image is from the series 'Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji' (Fuji sanjurokkei) and was released in 1858, the year of the artist’s death. In this spring scene, Mount Fuji is presented framed by the split trunk of a blossoming cherry tree by a fast-flowing river.
Such dramatic composition is a distinctive feature of Hiroshige’s prints which were widely distributed in Japan and also popular with European artists, in particular Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. The series was created in collaboration with Hiroshige’s pupil Utagawa Hiroshige II (born Suzuki Chinpei, 1826–1869) and published in Edo (Tokyo) by Tsutaya Kichizō (Kōeidō)
Place where the work was made
colour woodblock print
38.0 x 25.4 cm
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018