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Five Constant Virtues of Confucianism

Five Constant Virtues of Confucianism by Utagawa Hiroshige, 
Utagawa Toyokuni, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Japan: early 19th century, Woodblock print

Also known as Ando Hiroshige, Utagawa Hiroshige was born in 1797 in Edo (today’s Tokyo).  His teacher, Toyohiro, accepted him as an apprentice at the age of 15. He is known for using unusual vantage points and striking colors. He created depth in his images by adopting Western principles of perspective and receding space. Hiroshige’s The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō (1833–1834) and One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (1856–1858) greatly influenced French Impressionists such as Monet. Vincent Van Gogh copied two of the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, which were among his collection of ukiyo-e prints.