Utagawa Hiroshige, the last major master of the ukiyo-e school, contributed notably to the development of the landscape print and to the field of flower-and-bird prints.
Born in 1797, Hiroshige was the son of an Edo fire warden and inherited his father’s post. But in 1811 he entered into a printmaking studio, publishing his first dated work seven years later. After twenty years as an artist, in 1831 Hiroshige began (now under the influence of the great Hokusai) the series of landscape prints that were to make his name: Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido. The portfolio Eight Snow Scenes in the Eastern Capital, an earlier work from which the four snowy images in this set originate, is less widely known but represents the artist at his best—a master of the impressionist, poetic view of nature. Printed on recycled paper. Inside Message: Season's Greetings. Twenty assorted holiday cards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box. Measures 5 x 7 in.