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The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Tokutarō, Ando Hiroshige – Japan, 1797-1858) 1832-1834 55 color woodblock prints

In 1887 van Gogh's admiration for Japanese art forms led him to paint copies of two famous designs of Hiroshige, the great Japanese landscape printmaker. Van Gogh: "I envy the Japanese artists for the incredible neat clarity which all their works have. It is never boring and you never get the impression that they work in a hurry. It is as simple as breathing; they draw a figure with a couple of strokes with such an unfailing easiness as if it were as easy as buttoning one's waist-coat."

Plum Estate, Ando Hiroshige. Kameido 1857 (150 Kb); From "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo"; Woodblock print, 13 1/4 x 8 5/8 in; The Brooklyn Museum

Utagawa Hiroshige, Ekōin Temple in Ryōgoku and Moto-Yanagi Bridge, (Meisho Edo Hyakkei - One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, no. 5), 1857

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