Kanazawa in Moonlight, from the series Eight Views of Musashi Province (Buyō Kanazawa Hasshō Yakei) Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858)

7th month, 1857

Asian Art

歌川広重 「武陽金澤八勝夜景」 浮世絵錦絵 三枚綴り 江戸時代

This serene triptych is one of Utagawa Hiroshige’s last masterpieces, and like his other late works it draws its power from controlled use of color, grand scale, and sensitive treatment of detail. Hiroshige captures a night vista in only a few colors: turquoise for the water and sky, white for the full moon studded with a flock of tiny geese, and pink for the horizon over the distant mountains. The rest of the composition—the land; the long, hazy horizon; and the shore—consists of shades of black. In its subject, the print follows the Japanese tradition of reinterpreting traditional Chinese themes; the depiction of Kanazawa Bay, southwest of Tokyo, alludes to the Chinese theme of eight shoreline scenes from the Xiao and Xiang regions in Hunan Province in China.


Ukiyo-e: polychrome woodblock print, triptych


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)

Credit Line

Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore

Accession Number



Edo period (1615–1868)


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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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Object/Work type

color woodcuts, landscapes (representations), seascapes, triptychs


Ichiryū-sai 壱立斎 (square, intaglio, centre left of L after the signature)\r\nPublisher’s mark: Okazawa-ya Taheiji 岡沢屋太平治 (lower right of each of the three prints)\r\nCensor’s seal mark: mi shichi 巳七 (7th month 1857, year of the snake) (round, relief, lower right of each of the three prints) & aratame censor seal 改 (round, relief, lower right of each of the three prints)\r\n


Buyō Kanazawa Hasshō Yakei 武陽金澤八勝夜景 (upper right of R)


Buyō Kanazawa Hasshō Yakei

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