About the Artist
Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) is especially recognized for his wood block prints known as “Ukiyo-e” of “pictures of the floating World.” He was born in Tokyo and his skill at drawing was recognized from an early age. At the age of 10 years old, he surprised his elders with sketches of Loochoo Islands’ Mission. He aspired to be an artist of “Ukiyo-e” and once tried to enter into Toyokuni Utagawa sect but was refused admittance. He then studied under Toyohiro Utagawa, and later he created his own Hiroshige sect. He was particularly skillful at drawing realistic scenes of famous vistas. In 1821, Hiroshige went to Kyoto from Tokyo by an unofficial order of the Shogunato to see and draw the ceremony of offering a horse to the Empire. He was so impressed with the views that he saw at each station of “Tokaido Highway” or “The Road Between Tokyo or Kyoto” that he vowed to draw the scenery thereafter. He immediately planned an ambitious series of prints of the 53 Stations between Tokyo to Kyoto. It was this very work that brought him into prominence and continues to bring him acclaim.