ART ON VIEW
from the collection of Steven Schlussel
at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester
Through July 22, 2018
Southern Vermont Art Center continues their exhibition of Hiroshige woodblock prints from the collection of Steven Schlussel. Some 38 framed prints, from the early part of Hiroshige’s career to his last series, are featured and available to the public.
Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (1797-1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition.
Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, such as the series “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō” and “The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō”; and for his depictions of birds and flowers. The subjects of his work were atypical of the ukiyo-e genre, whose typical focus was on beautiful women, popular actors, and other scenes of the urban pleasure districts of Japan’s Edo period (1603–1868). The popular “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” series by Hokusai was a strong influence on Hiroshige’s choice of subject, though Hiroshige’s approach was more poetic and ambient than Hokusai’s bolder, more formal prints.
For scholars and collectors, Hiroshige’s death marked the beginning of a rapid decline in the ukiyo-e genre, especially in the face of the westernization that followed the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Hiroshige’s work came to have a marked influence on Western painting towards the close of the 19th century as a part of the trend in Japonism. Western artists closely studied Hiroshige’s compositions, and some, such as van Gogh, painted copies of Hiroshige’s prints.
(text adapted from the venue’s press materials and Wikipedia (source))
Southern Vermont Arts Center
930 SVAC Drive
Kinryuzan Temple, Akazuka
Number 99 from the series, “100 Views of Edo”
Courtesy of Steven Schlussel