This May, Ronin Gallery invites you to explore a familiar path from a new perspective. The exhibition Hiroshige: 53 Stations of the Upright Tokaido journeys down the most traveled road in old Japan. In this series, Hiroshige captures the distinctive beauty of each station with innovative use of vertical space. Known for its plentiful views of rivers and the sea, the Upright Tokaido presents both Hiroshige’s romance of the Japanese landscape and his bold eye for composition. Couldn't make the opening? Be sure to stop by the gallery before June 10th to experience the 53 stations in person!
Amidst changing seasons and creative viewpoints, the Upright Tokaido guides the viewer through each station of this historic road, providing a window into Edo-period culture with each print. Hiroshige incorporates the use of reflection and single-point perspective into his distinct pictorial style to create daring and dynamic compositions. His innovative use of cropping and diagonal line emphasizes the natural splendor of the journey. Often reduced to silhouettes, travelers become secondary to the landscape in this series. With a lyricism of color and form, a palpable warmth, and creative composition, Hiroshige forefronts the natural beauty of the Tokaido. While novels, prints, and guidebooks celebrate the human pleasures and pitfalls of the journey, the Upright Tokaido resounds as an ode to the Japanese landscape.