Hiroshige "quits Bijin-ga at age 26" : 2 references ...

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Posted by Peter Gallagher on September 28, 2002 at 15:25:08:

In Reply to: Re: When is a beauty not a beauty? posted by John Fiorillo on September 25, 2002 at 22:14:06:

Hello John and all,

I may have been mistaken that it was Stewart who suggested that Hiroshige "stopped producing bijin-ga at the age of 26". I looked for the reference again, but couldn't find it. Unfortunately, Stewart reads more like a book than a reference and consequently, it's difficult to quickly locate _facts_ in that book. I may simply have been mistaken.

However; herewith, two similar references:

1) From a Stuart Jackson Gallery catalog (section: "chronological timetable of important dates in the life of Hiroshige").
"1826/27 Stops work on figure prints for landscapes exclusively."

2) From: "Ukiyo-e 250 Years of Japanese art", Roni Neuer & Susugo Yoshida, (page #307)
Hiroshige did not originally intend to become a landscape artist. He started his carer as a book-illustrator and then took up bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women). Soto to Uchi Sugata Hakkei (eight indoor and outdoor scenes), designed at the age of twenty-five, was one of his early works. but it already displays the distinctive style of a master artist.
However, Hiroshige ceased to be an artist of bijin-ga, and made his debut as a landscape artist with a series of ten prints, Toto Meisho (Famous places in the Eastern Capital).

I hasten to add that this is purely "FYI" and I'm not taking any "sides" in a debate about what is bijin-ga and and what is not.


: By the way, what, exactly, did Stewart say in his book? I don't have the reference immediately available.

: John

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