Details: This poster is of Rough Sea at Naruto in Awa Province, also known as Navaro Rapids, by Utagawa Hiroshige. It shows the swirl of large rapids in the water, and big waves crashing against rocks.
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - October 12, 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e (woodblock) artist, and one of the last great artists in that tradition. He was also referred to as Ando Hiroshige and by the art name of Ichiyusai Hiroshige. Hiroshige largely confined himself in his early work to common ukiyo-e themes such as women and actors. Then, Hiroshige made a dramatic turnabout, with the 1831 landscape series Famous Views of the Eastern Capital. He dominated landscape printmaking with his unique brand of intimate, almost small-scale works. His travel prints generally depict travelers along famous routes experiencing the special attractions of various stops along the way. They travel in the rain, in snow, and during all of the seasons.