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Inside Akiba Shrine, Ukeji, No. 91 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

In this view of Akiba Shrine in the village of Ukeji, Hiroshige again uniquely handles a Western visual effect: the reflection of trees in water. The artist has carefully muted the colors of the trees as they appear in reflection so that the green of the pines is lightened and the red of the maples is softened to a light pink. Perhaps by coincidence, the bright red of the maple leaves is appropriate to the nature of the deity worshiped at this site: the god of Akiba Shrine, who protects against fire. The red pigment used for the maples here is different from the red lead or iron oxide that has blackened in numbers 88 and 94, so this is the only print in the series in which the original glory of the autumn colors can still be fully enjoyed.

Details

  • Title: Inside Akiba Shrine, Ukeji, No. 91 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
  • Creator: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858)
  • Original Source: Brooklyn Museum collection
  • Medium: Woodblock print on paper
  • Rights: no known copyright restrictions
  • File name: 30.1478.91_PS1.jpg
  • Dimensions: Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36 x 23.5 cm) Image: 13 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (34 x 22.2 cm)
  • Date: 8th month of 1857
  • Credit line: Gift of Anna Ferris
  • Collection: Asian Art
  • Accession number: 30.1478.91

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