Forest of Suijin Shrine and Masaki on the Sumida River, 1856, 8th month

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Hiroshige framed a view across the Sumida River towards Suijin Shrine with blossoming cherry branches. The multi-petal variety shown here blooms slightly later that the more ubiquitous single petal type. The earlier edition (left) is easily distinguishable by its delicate coloring of the background. The pale blue gradations for the sky, distant mountain, and pink haze along the horizon all masterly suggest the spring-like weather. The later edition (right), shows a darker sky and mountain silhouetted in gray suggestive of a scene at dusk.

Details
Title
Forest of Suijin Shrine and Masaki on the Sumida River
Artist Life
1797 - 1858
Role
Artist
Accession Number
51.40.25
Catalogue Raisonne
Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 250, vertical ôban #62.58
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