CHRISTMAS AT THE ART MUSEUM
A WINTER VISION IN JAPAN
Christmas was not celebrated in his country in 1857 when Japanese artist Hiroshige created the magical Meguro Drum Bridge and Sunset Hill featured in this blog. However, today it is recognized as a secular holiday (although businesses remain open), with street decorations, trees, and parties.
Hiroshige (1797-1858) greatly influenced the French Impressionists and Vincent van Gogh, with his “pictures of the floating world” or the ukiyo-e style. In extensive series like 100 Famous Views of Edo,* which includes the snowscape print below, he actually provides a comprehensive guide to Tokyo just a few years after trade had resumed with the West. Immortalizing its people and their daily lives, particularly in the city’s teahouses and shops as well as parks and shrines throughout the seasons.
*Actually 118 views, Meguro Drum Bridge and Sunset Hill is number 111.
A Gift for the Holidays
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