Pine Goyhonmatsu on the Onagigawa Canal by Utagawa Hiroshige

Pine Goyhonmatsu on the Onagigawa Canal by Utagawa Hiroshige

Once on the banks of the Onagigawa Canal five pines grew, but by the time of creation of this engraving, only one pine had survived, which Hiroshige depicted. Although the terrain still has the name “Goyhonmatsu”, which means “Five Pines”. Pine became one of the sights of the Eastern capital, here it was customary to admire the full moon.

The branches of the spreading pine planted in the engraving on the foreground are supported by three pillars through which the houses and a small humpback bridge, thrown through the Azukkengava channel, are visible, at the point of its confluence

in Onagigawa. In fact, Onagigawa’s canal was quite straight and did not make such a sharp turn to the right, as shown in the engraving.

A similar image of the channel was required for the artist to show buildings along the canal and a bridge at the junction of the canal with Azukkengava. It is believed that Hiroshige wrote an engraving under the influence of the “Book of pictures of Edo’s sights”. The water of the Onagigawa canal, like the general color system, acquires bright, intense tones in the late leaf. The dark blue strip passes along the left bank of the canal. The sunset strip on the background of the engraving becomes wider.

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