The famous artist Hiroshige (1797-1858) died 150 years ago. His landscape prints are still as much in demand by museums and collectors as in the time of Van Gogh and his contemporaries. We know very little about Hiroshige's personal life and artistic ideas, as with many of the ukiyo-e artists. Consequently, much of what has been said so far about his character and sources of inspiration is subject to endless debate. He left us, fortunately, an extensive and surprisingly diverse oeuvre, providing scholars and collectors with ample opportunity to explore under-exposed aspects of his artistic legacy. In this issue of Andon we focus on four less well-known aspects of Hiroshige's work: his surimono, which have been subjected to a detailed study by Robert Schaap and Dan McKee; his collaboration with Kunisada, explored by Andreas Marks; his sense of humour, evaluated by Pierre Wijermans and Henk Herwig on the basis of a series of humorous Chūshingura prints, and his influence on architects, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, which is discussed by Kevin Nute.
We wish you much pleasurable reading and we urge you to visit the magnificent Hiroshige exhibition now on show at the SieboldHouse in Leiden (the guest-curator of which is our member Chris Uhlenbeck), which contains many masterpieces contributed by members of our Society and several Dutch museums.