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Well-Traveled Routes

In this gallery, seventeenth- to nineteenth-century prints depicting travels in Japan are presented alongside late twentieth-century color photographs of India by Raghubir Singh. Singh’s views of the Indian landscape bear comparison in particular to Utagawa Hiroshige’s nineteenth-century prints of the Tōkaidō, a key Japanese roadway. Although created more than a century apart and in different media, each group of works memorializes an artist’s impressions of journeys along familiar routes. Both artists employ distinctive color palettes and juxtapose unusual visual elements, resulting in images that reach beyond simply depicting scenery to mediate the viewer’s encounter with places and social contexts.

Above: detail, Famous Places of the Fifty-Three Stations: Yoshiwara, Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) Japan, Edo period, 1855; Six of a set of 55 woodblock prints; ink and color on paper, Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge, FSC-GR-705.15.