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Cool Picture: View of Mt. Fuji

Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)

Asian Art

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.
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"
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    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
    IMAGE overall, 16.557_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    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.
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    Cool Picture: View of Mt. Fuji