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Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797–1858

Kanazawa in Moonlight (Buyo Kanazawa Hassho Yakei)

7th month, 1857

Ukiyo-e triptych; polychrome woodblock print

sheet (Left): 14 3/4 × 9 1/2 in. (37.5 × 24.1 cm)
sheet (Middle): 14 11/16 × 9 7/16 in. (37.3 × 24 cm)
sheet (Right): 14 13/16 × 9 3/4 in. (37.7 × 24.8 cm)
matted: 30 × 40 in. (76.2 × 101.6 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
The Kanazawa Bay is located along the coastline near Kamakura, southwest of Tokyo. Emulating the famous eight views of the Xiao-Xiang region in China, the Japanese made their own regional eight views. This triptych was one of the last masterpieces that Andō Hiroshige produced before his death a year later. He captured a serene night sky with a full moon, studded only with a tiny flock of geese, above an expansive night vista of a zigzagging shore in shades of gray dotted with pine trees. Other than the moon, the only white objects are a few boat sails and the long, hazy horizon. A calm, even-toned light blue covers the water and a darker blue covers the sky; the minimal use of color is mesmerizing.
Edo period (1615–1868)
Works on Paper - Prints

Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York, to 1950; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 309, ill.

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