Utagawa Hiroshige IV, born in 1855 in Tokyo, Japan, was a prominent ukiyo-e artist and the fourth generation of the renowned Utagawa Hiroshige lineage. Following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors, Hiroshige IV made a significant mark in the world of Japanese woodblock prints during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His artistic journey began under the tutelage of his father, Utagawa Hiroshige III, where he honed his skills and eventually inherited the family name.
Hiroshige IV’s artistic style was deeply influenced by the landscapes and scenes of everyday life in Edo (now Tokyo) and its surrounding regions. He is most celebrated for his series of landscape prints, which continued the legacy of his forefathers, particularly his great-grandfather Utagawa Hiroshige I, who was renowned for his “Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō” series. Hiroshige IV’s works often featured serene landscapes, bustling urban scenes, and captivating depictions of nature, characterized by meticulous attention to detail and exquisite use of color. His prints captured the essence of Japan’s changing landscape as it transitioned from the Edo period to the Meiji era, providing a valuable historical record of this transformative period.