Size: 24.75 x 37 inches
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
This exhibition poster for Galerie El-Baz makes use of an image from the 1853 publication of Tale of Genji, illustrated by Utagawa Hiroshige (also known as Andō Hiroshige). The original woodcut ukiyo-e image of this geisha brandishing a broom before a snowy landscape is from the left panel of a triptych.
The Tale of Genji (源氏物語 Genji monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature written by the noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu in the early years of the 11th century around the peak of the Heian period. Regarded as a masterpiece, it is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the first novel still to be considered a classic. Notably, the work also illustrates a unique depiction of the lifestyles of high courtiers during the Heian period.
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 – 1858), was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition. He is best-known for his landscapes and for his depictions of birds and flowers, which were atypical subjects of the ukiyo-e genre whose typical focus was on beautiful women, popular actors, and other scenes of the urban pleasure districts of Japan's Edo period (1603–1868). The popular Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series by Hokusai was a strong influence on Hiroshige's choice of subject, though Hiroshige's approach was more poetic and ambient than Hokusai's bolder, more formal prints.