Hiroshige’s Cranes – Canvas


Canvas. Famous image of red-crowned cranes in flight and wading at villages near Tokyo (Edo) by Hiroshige.

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Minowa, Kanasugi and Mikawashima villages form the title of this ukiyo-e woodcut but they are just a backdrop to the magnificent red-crowned cranes that swoop and strut in the foreground. This image is from his famous series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”.

The crane in Japanese and Asian culture is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth, due to their lifespan in mythology of one thousand years. Often chosen as a symbol for martial arts dojos, they evoke elegance and good fortune. To have a thousand origami paper cranes is supposed to grant the person who possesses them a wish come true.

Ando Hiroshige is one of the most famous proponents of the Ukiyo-e style of woodcut prints. Search for books related to Hiroshige’s work here (an affiliate link).

Artist: Hiroshige Ando
Date: 1857
Original Type: Ukiyo-e woodcut
Canvas: 8×12 to 30×40 inch sizing, wrapped canvas

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8×12 inches (A4 approx), 12×16 inches (A3 approx), 16×24 inches (A2 approx), 30×24 inches (A1 approx), 40×30 inches (just under A0)


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