On View In:
Gallery 239
Artist:   Hiroshige Utagawa
Kunisada Utagawa
Kyu_shiro_ Maruya  
Title:   Odawara  
Date:   July 1854  
Medium:   Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper  
Dimensions:   14 3/16 x 10 1/8 in. (36 x 25.7 cm) (image) 14 3/4 x 10 1/8 in. (37.4 x 25.7 cm) (sheet) 22 1/16 x 18 1/16 in. (56 x 45.8 cm) (mat)  
Credit Line:   Bequest of Louis W. Hill, Jr.  
Location:   Gallery 239  

This print is from a series that resulted from a collaboration between the artists Hiroshige and Kunisada. Hiroshige supplied the landscape scenes, while Kunisada provided the large-scale figures. Here, Hiroshige's view is of Odawara, a town on the Tøkaidø roadway. Kunisada rendered a female traveler fresh from her bath, wearing a cotton yukata, an informal single-layer robe. She is talking to a girl who has come to sell souvenirs. Inexpensive and long-lasting indigo-dye had long been used as a colorant for simple farm clothing in Japan. In the late 19th century, however, indigo was used to create bold patterns such as the large chrysanthemums that adorn this woman's yukata.

Name:   Utagawa, Hiroshige  
Nationality:   Japanese  
Life Dates:   Japanese, 1797 - 1858  
Name:   Maruya, Kyu_shiro_  
Role:   Publisher  
Nationality:   Japanese  
Name:   Utagawa, Kunisada  
Nationality:   Japanese  
Life Dates:   Japanese, 1786 - 1865  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Censor:Kai, July 1854 Publisher:Maruya Kyu_shiro_ Carver:Yokokawa Horitake  
Classification:   Prints  
Creation Place:   Asia, Japan, , ,  
Accession #:   96.146.227  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts