Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige), ‘Chiryu’, 1855, Ronin Gallery

Seals: Aratame

Condition: Very good color, impression and state.

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo

The fame of Chiryu station stretches back to the Heian period. In the classic T ale of Ise, the famed “Eight-Part Bridge” zigzagged through Chiryu’s many blooming irises. Though the bridge from the story had fallen to ruin by the time Hiroshige arrived, it is significant that Hiroshige turned away from the classic tale. Instead, he chose to portray a scene that would resonate with the common Edo-period viewer. In this work, pilgrims rest beneath a gnarled pine.

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)

Japanese, 1797-1858, Edo (modern Tokyo), Japan, based in Edo (present day Tokyo), Japan