Art on Tuesday: On the Road


This ukiyo e was made by Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重 (1797-1858) around 1836.
It is named Tsumago, of the series The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso kaidô 木曾街道六十九次, number 42. It shows how traveling was like in the old days along the Kiso river valley from Nihonbashi to Kyoto. Metaphorically speaking people are coming and going, each has to carry a different burden and a place to go.

5 thoughts on “Art on Tuesday: On the Road

  1. Hiroshige was both prolific and amazingly talented. The series are wonderful depictions. I read a book called The Printmaker’s Daughter which is about how his daughter grew up to be a primary supporter and assistant to him. Per this book she might have done some of the work attributed to him over the last years of his life.


      • It offers a good portrayal of life in Japan in the early 19th century. I think the author did a good job of portraying whatnot was like for a talented young woman in that culture as well. If you read it, please share your impressions.


  2. I just can’t get over the colors. So incredibly beautiful. The story is true..we are all coming and going and we all have something to carry. I do look forward to your posts so very much…they make me happy.


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