Detail View

Koume Embankment, #104 in the series One Hundred Views of Edo
Date: 1857
Culture: Japanese
Dimensions: image: 13 1/4 x 8 13/16 in. (33.7 x 22.4 cm)
Medium: woodblock print
Credit Line: Director's Fund Purchase
Label Text: This scene shows a quiet, winter day along a canal embankment that begins in Koume village. By tall trees in the foreground, children play with puppies while two bundled women cross the bridge. The gentle bend of the canal arcs diagonally across the page, drawing the eye gradually into the distant background. Hiroshige, along with Hokusai, was a great master of 19th-century Japanese printmaking, known primarily for poetic landscapes. In addition to views of Edo and Mt. Fuji, he created series depicting “stations” along the famous Tokaido Road and other celebrated locations. The prolific artist designed thousands of images. Japanese viewers were intrigued by the more realistic, Western-style perspective Hiroshige had studied in earlier Dutch prints. Shortly after the artist’s death, the prints found new admirers in Europe, especially among artists. Van Gogh painted copies of Hiroshige prints. Whistler emulated Hiroshige’s reduction of color, graceful lines, and prominent foreground objects.
Object Number: 1975/6.35
Currently on view