Eight Views of Ōmi

Eight Views of Ōmi

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Lake Biwa is Japan’s largest lake known for its beautiful landscape views. Its scenery became a popular subject for artists such as Hiroshige who created the series “Eight Views of Ōmi” that has since been engraved in the hearts of the people of Shiga forever. The surrounding areas of the lake in Ōmi Province which is now Shiga Prefecture has become a source of inspiration for writers, poets, and painters in ancient times. Amongst them, Hiroshige being the most influential adding a layer of ethereal beauty to Lake Biwa through his paintings. All scenic views chosen by Hiroshige are situated at the southern end of the lake beginning on the east side but with no fixed order. The “Eight Views” was a theme originally from Chinese Poetry that Hiroshige borrowed and adapted to various of his works, with the subject comes an attendant poem for each locality. On this page, we will introduce the magnificent and varied landscape that spreads over Lake Biwa with each painting carefully retouched.

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  京都名所之内
Title: Famous Places in Kyoto (Kyōto meisho no uchi)
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858)
Period: Edo period (1615–1868)
Date: 1834
Culture: Japan
Medium: Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions: 15″ x 10″ (38cm x 25cm)

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