Plum Estate, Kameido, created by Hiroshige Ando in 1857, is a woodblock print in the ukiyo-e genre. It is part of his larger series, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. The print showcases Prunus mume trees in bloom and represents the beauty of spring in Japan. Its innovative composition and unexpected use of colors set it apart from other works of its time.
Hiroshige’s Plum Estate, Kameido is recognized as one of his most iconic designs due to its unique depiction of nature. The pink blossom branches contrast with blue sky and water thus presenting a vivid and surreal image. This combination seamlessly blends realism with impressionism to capture the essence of Edo’s spring season atmosphere.
The Plum Estate, Kameido print was so influential that Vincent van Gogh copied it into one of his paintings nearly thirty years later. Today, it remains as an important example not only for Japanese art but also for Western art appreciation towards Asian Artwork depicting landscape painting concepts.
Overall this famous artwork gives insight into how Hiroshige was able to mix traditional naturalistic imagery while at the same time completely revolutionizing Japanese landscape tradition which had been overtly stylized until that point.