Art On Tuesday: The Golden Pavillon in Kyôto

woodblockprint Kinkakuji Hasegawa Sadanobu I

This ukiyo-e shows a snow scene with the famous Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺, the Golden Pavillon in Kyôto. The picture was made by Hasegawa Sadanobu I (1809-1879) around 1870. The temple was build in the 14th century, and it is located in the northwest of the former capital. In the background you see the mountains. On the right side is the beautiful Kyōkochi lake 鏡湖池 which mirrors the Golden Pavillon. The temple was rebuild several times. In 1950, it was set on fire by a novice monk and reconstructed. Today Kinkaku-ji belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage.

 

Art on Tuesday: Winter Scene in Kyôto

It is still winter.
This woodblock print shows a scene of the old Japanese capital Kyôto. It was made by the ukiyo-e painter Hasegawa Sadanobu who painted a series of famous places of the city.
The name of the picture is ’Nawate-street and Yamato-bridge seen from the Shijo-bridge’ in 1858. The Shijo-bridge leads over the Kamo-river, here it is still in part icy, but with small water streams. The four people in the front are wearing umbrellas against the snowfall. They are dressed in warm layered kimonos and their shoes are called geta. They are made of wood. In the background you see Japanese houses snow capped with the Yamato-bridge at the center.

Art on Tuesday: Arashima

A Panoramic View of Arashiyama from the Triple Teahouse 嵐山三軒家より眺望 by Hasegawa Sadanobu 長谷川貞信 I painted in 1870/71 as a part of his series Famous Places in the Capital. Arashima is located in western Kyôto. You see a green rural landscape with a calm atmosphere. In the center the lake with two boats, on the right the teahouse mentioned in the title. On the left Arashima’s hillside. At the beach are some cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Arashima is a nice place to visit.

Art on Tuesday: Tenman-gu in Ôsaka

Hasegawa Sadanobu I (1809–1879) painted this interesting ukiyo-e named The Temporary Shrine of the Tenman-gû 天満宮御旅所 as part of his series One Hundred Views of Ôsaka in 1869/70. It is a beautiful scene from the perspective of the river showing one leisure boat from the side with two Japanese women. In the background of the river you see two punts with barrels. The Tenman-gu Shrine in Ôsaka 大阪天満宮 was build in the 10th century, but often burned down and was then rebuild many times. The Tenjin-Matsuri is held here on July 24th and 25th every year as one of the biggest festivals in Japan.

Source: Museum of Fine Arts

Art on Tuesday: Fushimi Inari Shrine

Hasegawa Sadanobu I. 長谷川 貞信 (1809-1879) painted an ukiyo-e series called Famous Places in the Capital, which was Kyôto in earlier days. This picture is the scenery of the Fushimi Inari taisha 伏見稲荷大社 of 1870-1871. A very famous place and a frequently visited tourist spot even today.

Source Museum of Fine Arts