Hiroshige

copy of a Hiroshige
This is an acrylic painting that I did some years ago for my sister. The size is about 6 x 4 feet. It took me a long time to finish and she was very patient with me.
It’s a copy of Ando Hiroshige’s “Rain-Storm at Shono” which was actually a color woodblock print. Having worked in graphic arts I know how time consuming his work must have been. You can see an image of the print here although I think the colors are off. The one I used was in a book.
I submitted it today to Following the Masters painting challenge which I participate in frequently. Challenge Nine was to paint something by a master artist you are inspired by. From what I’ve read Hiroshige was not considered a master in his time, but if Van Gogh chose to copy one his paintings I think it’s safe to assume that he was master enough. Not that I really care. I’ve always loved his work which was much more colorful than his contemporaries in Japan.