Shrouded in snow, the pristine locales of Utagawa Hiroshige’s Japan are untouched by modern life. Hiroshige, a member of the samurai class, inherited his father’s official post as a teenager, though he simultaneously apprenticed as an ukiyo-e artist. He maintained this arrangement for close to two decades, only retiring his official position in the years following the death of his artistic master. It was around this time that he began creating landscapes, the woodblock prints that would make him and his work beloved around the world. The prints showcased in this holiday card assortment present Hiroshige’s vision of the idyllic, tranquil Japanese winter. Contains five each of the following holiday cards: Kozuke Province: Mount Haruna in Snow, 1853 Kinryuzan Temple at Asakusa, 1856 Year-end Fair at Kinryuzan Temple in Asakusa, c. 1835–1838 Evening Snow at Mimeguri, Eight Views of the Sumida River, c. 1840–1842. Contains 20 assorted holiday cards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box. Inside greeting: "Season's Greetings". Measures 5 x 7 in.
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