Japanese Prints: Inspired by and Inspiring Hiroshige

Pavilion for Japanese Art
February 17, 2011–June 5, 2011

A selection of work by Utagawa Hiroshige, a 19th century specialist in landscapes and views of famous places, is on display alongside work by his contemporaries, including Utagawa Kunisada. Several of these artists quote Hiroshige's designs in their own prints, or collaborated directly with Hiroshige, combining his designs with theirs.

Prints by later artists reveal that compositional types developed by Hiroshige became a standard; for example, in the 20th century, artists drew atmospheric landscapes from the style initially developed by Hiroshige, modernizing the motifs and adding a sense of mystery through enveloping darkness.















Image: Toyohara Kunichika (Japan, 1835–1900) Zeze, 1863, 4th month, Color woodblock print, Image: 13 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.; Sheet: 14 5/16 x 9 3/4 in. Gift of Carl Holmes, Photograph © 2010 Museum Associates/LACMA, M.71.100.146