Dusk Scene in Numazu, #13

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858)

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Capturing the Evening Atmosphere

Shinsui’s print exudes an atmosphere of wetness, through the saturated ink laid down on the paper and in the sensed dampness of the air as evening comes on. In Hiroshige’s print, clarity and brightness give one the feeling of crisp, cool air as the moon illuminates the three travelers and their surroundings. In both works, there is a vast array of shades of blue and inky charcoal tending to black.

The long-nosed goblin (called tengu in Japanese) mask indicates that the figures are making a pilgrimage to the Konpira Temple in Shikoku.

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858)
creation date
1831-1834
materials
woodblock print
series
53 Stations of the Tōkaidō
accession number
57.137
credit line
Julius F. Pratt Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors

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