Hiroshige: Cherry Blossoms Boxed Notecards
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858) was born, lived, and died in Edo (renamed Tokyo in 1868), which became Japan’s de facto political capital in 1603 and by the eighteenth century was the world’s largest city, with a population exceeding one million. During this period, a newly prosperous middle class developed a love for richly colored woodblock prints depicting landscapes, birds and flowers, and other scenes of daily life.
Hiroshige’s extraordinary woodblock-print series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo ranks among the greatest achievements of Japanese art. Issued between 1856 and 1858, the 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo remain a precious record of the appearance, and spirit, of Edo at the culmination of more than two centuries of uninterrupted peace and prosperity.
The Brooklyn Museum holds an outstanding collection of prints from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. The four prints reproduced in this notecard assortment highlight the delicate cherry blossoms of Edo.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
Suwa Bluff, Nippori, 5/1856
Dam on the Otonashi River at Ōji, 2/1857
New Fuji, Meguro, 4/1857
Blossoms on the Tama River Embankment, 2/1856
Twenty assorted 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box.