Stores of fabrics in Odemmata by Ando Hiroshige

Stores of fabrics in Odemmata by Ando Hiroshige

The later landscapes of Hiroshige are no less generalized and symbolic than the landscapes of Hokusai. But, unlike them, they do not break with one of the main principles of Ukiyo-e heyday: to convey not only what is happening, but also its emotional atmosphere.

Of course, Hiroshige landscapes are not as monumental as in Hokusai, they are more chambery, but at the same time much more emotionally complex and rich. Creativity of Hokusai and Hiroshige is the last major phenomenon in the history of Japanese engraving.

By this time, its influence goes far beyond the country, affecting the development of European art of the turn of the XIX – XX centuries. And in Japan, such artists as Tadasige Ono, Sazadzima Kihei, Maeda Masao, fruitfully use in their work the best achievements of xylography of that period, reinterpreting them in the context of contemporary art culture.

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