Hiroshige III, Utagawa

Hiroshige III, born Utagawa Tokubei in 1842, was a prominent artist during the late Edo and Meiji periods in Japan. He was the grandson of the renowned ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige I and succeeded his father, Hiroshige II, inheriting the Utagawa name. His artistic career flourished during a period of significant social and political change in Japan.

Hiroshige III’s work is primarily associated with woodblock prints, a popular art form during the Edo period. His artistic style often reflects the traditional ukiyo-e themes of landscapes, kabuki actors, and beautiful women, but with a distinctive personal touch. His prints exhibit a refined use of color, composition, and intricate details, showcasing his mastery of the ukiyo-e technique.

In addition to his artistic contributions, Hiroshige III played a crucial role in adapting ukiyo-e to the changing socio-political landscape of Meiji-era Japan. The transition from the Edo period to the Meiji era brought about shifts in artistic themes and techniques, and Hiroshige III navigated these changes adeptly, reflecting the evolving tastes of the time.