Ando Hiroshige


Along with Hokusai, Ando Hiroshige (also known as Utagawa Hiroshige) is considered the most important woodcarver of his time. The publication of his "53 Stations of the Tokaido" (1833-1834) practically made him famous overnight. His well-composed, detail-obsessed landscape paintings remained popular even after his death so that more than five-digit editions were released. He was revered as a "meishoeshi" (master of depicting famous places) during his lifetime, and his works, above all the "100 Views of Famous Places in Edo" (Tokyo), which he created in the last years of his life, paved the way for Japanese woodcarving in Europe. Van Gogh was fascinated by them and even made copies.