Unformatted text preview: natural beauty. 6. Unfortunately, this series was just two paintings short of completion when Hiroshige died of the Great Edo Cholera in 1858. He was 62 years old. 7. In this painting, the winter cold and frost signify a sort of impermanent death. The death of the transient, the plants, animals, trees. Contrarily, the vibrant blue of the river represents eternal life. Unlike the creations that surround the river, gleaning their life from it, the river is not an organism that lives and breaths, wakes and sleeps. Rather, the river is ever alive. Unlike the pliable and delicate creations that contrast it, and are blanketed by the winter’s chill, the river continues to flow. Its undulations determine those of the seasons, those of the heart. While the winter scene is, at first glance, chilling and gloomy, the river remains fully alive, sourcing the existence of all things....
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- Spring '08
- utagawa hiroshige, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo