Cool Picture: View of Mt. Fuji
Hiroshige adopts a bird’s-eye view of the planes surrounding Mt. Fuji in order to provide a sense of the vastness of the landscape and of the mountain’s stately presence. The title on this extremely rare print reads Suzushiga, or “Cool Picture,” a reference to the effect created by Hiroshige’s use of an all-blue palette. Another unusual feature of the print is its prominent display of the publisher’s name, Hananotsuyu Tamakichi, along the left edge of the composition.
- Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando), Japanese, 1797-1858
- Medium: Woodblock print
- Place Made: Japan
- Dates: ca. 1855-1858
- Period: Edo period
- Dimensions: 12 7/8 x 16 1/8 in. (32.7 x 41 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Printed in blue with red seals.
- Signature: Hiroshige ga
- Inscriptions: seal: Ichiryusai Artist's title for design reads "Cool Picture"
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 16.557
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Cool Picture: View of Mt. Fuji, ca. 1855-1858. Woodblock print, 12 7/8 x 16 1/8 in. (32.7 x 41 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 16.557
- Catalogue Description: Delicately-printed landscape with Mt. Fuji visible on the distant shore of a body of water. Printed entirely in blue with seals printed in red. Condition: Soiled, folded in several places Seal: Ichiryusai Remarks: looks like a surimono.
- Record Completeness: Good (79%)