1797 - 1858
Plover in moon light - Chidori
Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Chu-tanzaku, 338 x 115 mm
Publisher: Kawa Sho (Kawaguchiya)
Poem by Uomori: Ame takumu/ yowa ya chidori no/ shikiri naku
A very good impression, colour and condition.
The artist depicts two plovers in moonlight flying above waves. Of this subject we know at least two other versions; with versions we means the same design but from different blocks.
We know three other impressions of our version, all with some variations in printing, but all from the same blocks. They are:
A _the impression published in Bogel-Goldman-Marks 1988, which is at the Rhode Island School of Design, A. A. Rockfeller collection, accession number 34.138
B_the impression at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession number 21.7986
C_the impression at the Honolulu Museum of Arts, object number 18010
C. Bogel, I. Goldman, A. H. Marks, Hiroshige Birds and Flowers; New York 1988; cat. no.32.
Comments on: Utagawa Hiroshige
Born in Edo in 1797, Hiroshige whilst still a teenager, was allowed to work in the studio of Utagawa Toyohiro, an artist with a preference for classical and landscape subjects. He studied also Nanga painting under the artist Ooka Umpo. In the 1812 he adopted the name Hiroshige. The first prints to be published under this name were images of beautiful women, a few surimono and landscapes in small format. In 1831 Hiroshige designed a successful series of Sights of Edo. In 1832 he accompanied the annual procession from Edo to the emperor in Kyoto along the Tokaido. During the journey, he sketched the scenes which he later put into the fifty-five prints which made up the celebrated series of views of the fifty-three post stations on the route. The series was revolutionary, the scenes had a naturalness and sense of immediacy that provoked instant popular appeal. This established Hiroshige as the painter of Tokaido scenes and, subsequently, he produced some thirty series on the same theme. Many highly successful landscape series would follow such as the Sixty-nine Stages on the Kiso Highway, the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, the Thirty six Views of Mount Fuji. In his declining years, in addition to landscapes, he created an unique style in depicting birds and flowers.