Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige), ‘Naruto Whirlpools, Awa Province’, 1855, Ronin Gallery

The currents at Naruto are known for being among the strongest in the world, and Hiroshige's use of brilliant color and line demonstrate the mighty power of the whirlpool. The violence of the wild waves buffets the rocky coastline, in deep contrast with the tranquility of the background. The white crests suggest the great power of the currents below, and the flock of birds in the sky almost appears to be made of seafoam. This print is considered to be one of Hiroshige's masterpieces.

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Koshimuraya Heisuke

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)

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