Kataoka Dengoemon Takafusa by Utagawa Kuniesi

Kataoka Dengoemon Takafusa by Utagawa Kuniesi

Contemporaries saw in the works of Hiroshige a reminder of visits to certain places in Japan, famous for their beauty. However, he was often reproached for deliberately distorting the real face of the depicted terrain. It is difficult to argue about the reasons for each of the “inaccuracies”, but it is known that Hiroshige kept track diaries in which he fixed the kinds that attracted his attention, as in the case of the series dedicated to the Tokaido road, and therefore all deviations from their actual appearance are dictated purely by artistic considerations.

And in his later series “One

hundred famous kinds of Edo” many sheets with this approach to the “portrait” of a specific area. However, Hiroshige not only portrayed nature, but also sought to convey her emotional dominance, the mood of nature. Perhaps the second task was for him the main thing, which explains why he could omit or change individual details or add non-existent ones.

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