For those who still cherish writing by hand, a beautifully produced postcard set of Hiroshige masterpieces in the Collection of the Brooklyn Museum...or keep the book for your own collection
- 30 full-colour 165 x 120 mm postcard reproductions, bound and perforated for easy removal
By long-time US art publisher, Pomegranate, with the Brooklyn Museum, New York City
Meet Hiroshige Japanese ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) is considered the last great master of his tradition. Best known for his landscapes, woodblock series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (1856-9) proved so influential that Van Gogh produced his own copies, heavily impacting the burgeoning Japonaiserie trend in the West. With a poetic, ambient sensibility conveyed through labor-intensive bokashi (color gradation) techniques, Hiroshige's artworks embody mono no aware, or "a sensitivity to ephemera" — the Japanese philosophy regarding the impermanence of things and the gentle sadness associated with transient, fleeting quality of life.