Kisojo no San Sen 木曽路之山川 The Kiso Mountains in Snow
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
dated 8th month of the Snake year, 1857
Triptych of woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Each H. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); W. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1914
Not on view
This landscape was executed by Hiroshige just one year before his death as part of a set of three triptychs on the theme known as setsugetsuka (a compound term made up of the words for snow, moon, and flowers). Snow is the theme here; the moon and flowers are depicted in the other two triptychs.
The immense snow-covered mountains at the center, flanked by bridges on both sides, are almost spiritual in their monumentality. The dramatic composition invites the viewer to step into a mysterious world beyond the massive white peaks.
Signature: Hiroshige hitsu
Marking: Censor seal: Aratame (on all three sheets) Year-Month seal: snake eight (on all three sheets) Publisher seal: a leaf of ivy (on all three sheets) Artist seal: Bokurin Shosha (on right sheet only)
New York. Pratt Graphics Center. "Hiroshige (Ukiyo-e Society of America, NY, NY)," February 26, 1983–March 19, 1983.
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Snow in Ukiyo-e Prints and Paintings," October 20, 2004–November 26, 2005.