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A Japanese artist.

Hara by mount Fuji (1833-34)
Hiroshige is one of the most famous Japanese artists. He unjustly stands in the shadow of the creator of The Great Wave Off the Kanagawa, Hokusai.

This gallery is an homage to the artist's skill.

Hakone on the Tokkaido (1833-34))
Hirsohige's work was predominantly printed through 'woodblock printing': the image is carved out on wood, inked and then pressed on paper. The culmination of the technique and the huge range of colors attributed to Hiroshige's success.

Kanbara on the Tokkaido (1833-34)
Scholars are baffled by this scene, since there are two towns called Kanbara in Japan - but in neither one it ever snows.

Moon (1830)
Throughout his life, Hirsohige enjoyed painting nature, and natural phemnomena. That's why he made this painting from the series Snow Moon and Flowers (representing the seasons)

Snow Moon and Flowers by Sakai Hōitsu(c. 1800)
Snow Moon and Flowers is quite a common title for Japanese art. The seasons, and nature in general, are strongly represented in Japanese and religion; indeed, many scholars believe that both are intertwined.

This painting is by one of Hiroshige's artistic predecessors.

The Sea off Satta in Suruga Province (1530-32) Hiroshige's artistic career was marked by his love for nature. That's why he created the series 36 views of mount Fuji, of which this print is an exerpt.

Hiroshige's competitor Hokusai also made a series called 36 views of Mount Fuji, which includes the Great Wave off Kanagawa.

The Valley of Approach at Oyama in Sagami Province (1530-32) Quite many people believe that the style set by Ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artists like Hiroshige paved the way toward modern Anime and Manga (two Japanese staples).

Perhaps you agree that this painting looks somewhat similar to the style of some animes like Moribito.