KF008 (Click on image to enlarge)
Ando Hiroshige

Landscape portraits of Japan from the well known 100 Famous Views of Edo to Views of the 60 Odd Provinces all speak to the panoramic character of Hiroshige’s vision. This is why the intimacy of this scene which captures a beautiful woman in the act of removing leaves which have collected in the basin at left is so remarkable coming from the hand of Hiroshige. One presumes her intent is to water the “Root over Rock” style Pine Bonsai at right. As revealed in many of the Bonsai images shown in our collection we begin to accept that the pots of this era were selected on the basis totally different aesthetic criteria than are considered appropriate today.
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