The Era of Edo - Ryon Lee

This gallery showcases the beauty that is Japan's culture, countryside, architecture from the Edo Period. The Edo period is the period most people know as the Tokugawa Shogunate or the age of the Samurai. The pieces are from Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo all capturing the past views of the modern day Tokyo.

This piece shows people traveling on the paths that surround the Kanda Aqueduct at Sekiguchi. Hiroshige also includes a small house know as Basho’s Hermitage. Hiroshige puts great detail in the capturing of the landscape and uses proportion to give the illusion of distance. This piece also captures the emptiness that Japan once had before urbanization.
This piece captures the small district of Akasaka during in Edo. To give a sense of distance for the small village, Hiroshige uses two trees and details them greatly and sizes them in way that the illusion is formed. By having the tree bigger, and the village smaller, Hiroshige creates that illusion of distance between where you would be standing and the village itself.
This piece captures the pathway to the Moto-Hachiman Shrine in Sumamura and the bodies of water that are on both sides of the said path. This simple piece captures nature of Japan before modernization, it captures what Edo used to be in its Feudal Age. The colors Hiroshiga used for the sky give the piece the feeling of an afternoon stroll.
This piece captures what would be a busy street in Edo during that period. Hiroshige uses symmetrical balance for the buildings on either side and has all those lines lead toward a central point, which would be Mt. Fuji. He is also uses proportion and fills the space with people to show how busy a street in Edo would be like.
This piece here captures the Asuma Shrine and the various trees that surround it. Hiroshige puts great detail in showing how the Shrine was surrounded by various trees. He also gives a sense of proportion of the trees by having the villagers appear smaller. Also to show the secludedness of the shrine, he does not fill majority of the negative space.
This piece captures the vast Ryogoku Bridge that spans over the Sumida River. But the core of this painting captures the bustling life Edo Had during that time period. Hiroshige puts detail into showing that life style by including the row of vendors, boats, and the amount of people who are using the bridge.
This piece showcases the flower pavilion and full bloom cherry blossom trees in the spring. It also represents the activity known as flower viewing or more specifically the viewing of cherry blossoms. Hiroshige is able to capture the beauty of the cherry blossoms and the activities that are also paired with it, such as the restaurant at the top and the open-air café near the bottom.
This simple piece is of Tsukudajima from the Eitai Bridge at night. In this piece, Hiroshige captures what would be a silent dark night in Edo. He is able to give the illusion that Tsukudaijima is pretty far with the use of proportion. He puts more detail and size to the objects that are closer to the bridge to give that effect.
This piece shows the clearing of snow in Nihonbashi. It captures the return to a bustling life in Japan when spring comes about again. The artist is able to capture a small but significant amount detail on the Japanese life style during the event of a seasonal change. Simple use of lines and colors help create the vision of people moving about and working.
This pieces captures the Kinryuzan Temple in the Snow during the winter. Hiroshige keeps the color of the temple in its distinctive red color but covers the correct areas with white to indicate snow. He is also able to depict the snowflakes on the grey sky and on the roofs. He also puts great detail of snow on both the umbrellas and the trees. But the greatest detail comes from the gate and the hanging lantern.
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