The Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido by Hiroshige Utagawa“The 53 Stations of the Tokaido “ was first published
about 180 years ago, and several editions were subsequently produced in Japan.
The Tokaido Street was the main highway linking Edo, the administrative capital, with Kyoto, the imperial old capital, and its route can still be traced to this day. It was first laid out some 400 years ago, after Edo became the shogun’s capital. The 53 Stations of the Tokaido series includes 55 prints,depicting the 53 stops along the route, plus the starting and end points, Edo and Kyoto.
The series was the creation of the celebrated ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige,also known as Ando Hiroshige.
Hiroshige’s vibrant portrayals of the varied people, seasonal landscapes and weather conditions found along the route tapped into people’s yearning to travel. The Tag line was “ Views as realistic as actually being there. They were so popular - they made people feel they’s been transported to these scenes.
The 53 Stations of the Tokaido series is a timeless masterpiece that still captivates people around the world .
Hiroshige and the Tokaido
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These landscape prints took full advantage of the new possibilities offered by the Western representation of perspective, that Japanese artists had by now fully assimilated. Hiroshige's series met with full success, not only in Japan, but later in Western countries. Along this road, there were 53 different post stations , which provided stables, food, and lodging for travelers. The landscapes of the journey made a profound impression on the artist, and he created numerous sketches during the course of the trip, as well as his return to Edo via the same route. During his time in Paris , Vincent van Gogh was an avid collector of ukiyo-e, amassing with his brother a collection of several hundred prints purchased in the gallery of S. In , he staged the first ever retrospective of Hiroshige's work at the Art Institute of Chicago , describing them in the exhibition catalog as some of "the most valuable contributions ever made to the art of the world". Wright also designed the gallery space of the exhibit, which at that time was the largest display of its kind in history.