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The Plum Orchard of Kameido from the Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)1857JapanColoured woodcut 34 x 22,5 cm

Other than Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), the Japanese landscape woodcutter Utagawa Hiroshige is known as a great artisan of the 19th century. This print of the plum orchard at Kameido features a silhouette of a tree branch in the foreground. Through it one may glimpse a garden. A copy of this print was painted in oil by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and, thus, made this composition famous throughout Europe. The Dutch painter owned one hundred Japanese woodcuts and admired the audacious composition and the structure of the picture plane devised by the Japanese master. This particular print belongs to the series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”. Today, the city of Edo is known as Tokyo.