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Soto Beach in Mutsu Province
From the series “One Hundred Famous Places in the Provinces (Shokoku meisho hyakkei)"Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige II (aka 二代目歌川広重) (1826 – 1869)
Like his master, Hiroshige II formed part of the Utagawa school of woodblock printers, who worked in the artistic genre known as ukiyo-e or the “floating world.” Ukiyo-e prints featured a broad variety of subjects, from famous actors to erotic scenes, depicted with the vibrant mix of colors made possible by the multi-block printing process. During the 19th century, ukiyo-e prints featuring landscapes and scenes of city and country life became very popular in the West, and had a marked impact on European artists.
Distinctive genre in painting and other media, but most prominently in woodblock printing. It arose in the Edo period (1600-1868) and built up a broad popular market among the middle classes. Subject matter typically focused on brothel districts and kabuki theatres, with formats ranging from single sheet prints to book illustrations. Generally, the style is characterized by a mixture of the realistic narrative of the Kamakura period and the mature decorative style of the Momoyama and Edo periods. Distinctive styles and specialties in subject matter were developed by different schools throughout the period.
Printmaking styles belonging to Japanese cultures.
Painting styles belonging to Japanese culture.
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