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Akasaka, Fujikawa, Okazaki, Chiryu, and Narumi, from the series "Famous Places on... c. 1830 / 35. Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Akasaka, Fujikawa, Okazaki, Chiryu, and Narumi, from the series 'Famous Places on... c. 1830  /  35. Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi


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Akasaka, Fujikawa, Okazaki, Chiryu, and Narumi, from the series "Famous Places on... c. 1830 / 35. Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Akasaka, Fujikawa, Okazaki, Chiryu, and Narumi, from the series " Famous Places on the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, Five Stations (Tokaido gojusan eki goshuku meisho)", c. 1830/35

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Akasaka Bottom Cartouche Chiryu Cloth Colourful Drying Fujikawa Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi Kuniyoshi Utagawa Lakeside Local People Narumi Okazaki Aichi Japan Shoulder Pole Shukuba Tokaido Trade Route Utagawa Kuniyoshi Block Printing Color Woodblock Print Oban Tokugawa Period Woodblock Woodblock Printing


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This vibrant and captivating print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi transports us back to 19th century Japan, specifically to the famous locations of Akasaka, Fujikawa, Okazaki, Chiryu, and Narumi along the Tokaido road. The artist's mastery of color woodblock printing is evident in this piece from his series "Famous Places on the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, Five Stations". The scene depicts a picturesque lakeside landscape with local people going about their daily activities. Men carrying goods on shoulder poles traverse the path while children play nearby. The intricate patterns adorning their clothes showcase Kuniyoshi's attention to detail and his ability to capture both natural beauty and human life. The use of bold blues throughout the print adds depth and richness to the composition, enhancing its overall visual impact. Each element within this artwork contributes to a sense of harmony between man-made structures and nature's splendor. As we admire this masterpiece from Japan's Edo period, we are reminded not only of its artistic value but also its historical significance as it provides a glimpse into everyday life during that time. This print serves as a testament to Kuniyoshi's skill as an artist and his dedication to preserving cultural heritage through his art. Displayed at the Art Institute Chicago, this work exemplifies how art can transcend time and space by capturing moments that continue to resonate with viewers today.

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