Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige), ‘The Eight Views of Kanazawa Bay in Moonlight’, 1857, Ronin Gallery

Hiroshige’s “Eight Views” approach to illustrating the various landscapes of Japan was immensely popular. Here Hiroshige combines all eight of the literary views into one striking triptych, depicting the eight views of Kanazawa Bay under a full moon. In the center, geese descend from the sky, and a village glows serenely on the edge of the water. On the far margins, a temple is nestled among the pines overlooking the calm water below, which is dotted with the slumbering forms of fishing boats and ferries.

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)

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