Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) was a Japanese painter and printmaker, known especially for his landscape prints. The last great figure of the Ukiyo-e school of printmaking, he transformed everyday landscapes into intimate, lyrical scenes that made him even more successful than his contemporary, Hokusai. From 1811 to about 1830 he created prints of traditional subjects such as young women and actors. During the next 15 years he won fame as a landscape artist, reaching a peak of success and achievement in 1833 when his masterpiece, the print series Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (scenes on the highway connecting Edo and Kyoto), was published. He maintained this high level of craftmanship in other travel series, including Celebrated Places in Japan and Sixty-nine Stations on the Kiso Highway. With Hokusai, Hiroshige dominated the popular art of Japan in the first half of the 19th century. Hhe captured, in a poetic, gentle way that all could understand, the ordinary person's experience of the Japanese landscape as well as the varied moods of memorable places at different times.
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