Artists & Designers

Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Andō Hiroshige was born Tokutaro Ando in Edo (now Tōkyō ) in 1797. In his early teens he entered the leading print studio, the Utagawa. He was given the name Hiroshige soon after, and eventually granted the right to use the Utagawa name, which is why he is also referred to as Utagawa Hiroshige. Before entering the studio he had learned both Chinese and Western influenced painting styles, elements of which appear in some of his prints. At the beginning of his career, Hiroshige mainly produced images of beautiful women, actors, and book illustrations; and around 1830 he began producing views of Edo. In 1832, he journeyed along the Tōkaidō or Eastern Sea Route, which prompted the production of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō. Hiroshige continued to produce a great many series of landscape prints, as well as bird-and-flower prints and illustrations for books. He died in a cholera epidemic in Edo in 1858, and was buried in a Zen temple in the Asakusa district.

Drawn from

  • Roger Keyes, "Hiroshige (1797-1858)" in Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan, Volume 3 (New York: Kodansha, 1983), 148-149.
  • Edith Polster, _Hiroshige. _Albuquerque: The Albequerque Museum, 1983.
  • Misato Naito, "Ando Hiroshige," Oxford Art Online, Accessed April 21, 2015.