Posted by Dick Illing on September 28, 2002 at 23:09:08:
In Reply to: Hiroshige "quits Bijin-ga at age 26" : 2 references ... posted by Peter Gallagher on September 28, 2002 at 15:25:08:
Stewart in 'Subjects portrayed in Japanese colour prints' pp.66-7 states "Hiroshige in his very early days, while still a pupil of Toyohiro, designed figure-studies, in response, we presume, to the insistant demand for this class of subject, before his genius for landscape diverted public taste into another channel. Such designs are very rare, and are interesting both for comparison with the work of of recognised figure-study designers and for the fact that they that they represent the skill of an artist in one direction who made his name by striking out in another."
I have no desire to get into an arguement about bijin-ga but feel that there is a difference between a figure-study of an individual girl and those prints where a girl or girls are just part of the image.
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