Winter Desolation at Hamamatsu (Station #30)

Winter Desolation at Hamamatsu  (Station #30)

Object Title:

Winter Desolation at Hamamatsu (Station #30)

Series Title:

Fifty Three Stations of the Tökaidö (Series Number: 30)

Date:

c. 1833 - 1834

Artist:

Utagawa Hiroshige

Publisher:

Takenouchi Magohachi < Takemago > Hoeidö

Medium:

Color woodblock print Technique: Nishiki-e (Woodblock print with color blocks)

Credit Line:

Gift of James A. Michener, 1978 (17255)

Object Number:

17255

Seals:

Takenouchi Magohachi, Höeidö (c. 1830s~1840s) 竹内孫八 <竹孫>保永堂天保

Other Title:

Kana: はままつ ふゆがれ の ず Kanji : 濱松 冬枯ノ図 Series Kanji : 東海道五拾三次之内(保永堂版東海道)

Description:

At Hamamatsu, the thirtieth station on the Tökaidö, the highway met the minor Shinano Road, making this a busy station. In the distance on the far left the Hamamatsu Castle compound is visible. Rather than depicting the town’s center, Hiroshige chose a rustic scene outside of it in which travelers and farmers rest and keep warm around a bonfire. The smoke rising up to the sky and the tall tree in the center divide the picture in two, and help to create the long distance perspective that places the castle in the background. ("The Tôkaidô Road: Connecting Japan" exhibition Nov/26/2009-Jan/24/2010)