Autumnal Moon at Tamagawa

Autumnal Moon at Tamagawa, Hiroshige, 1837-38
Autumnal Moon at Tamagawa, Hiroshige, 1837-38

Whenever I try to look at something in this painting, my eye returns to the moon. I love the deep blue-black at the top. Somehow, the landscape looks blustery and serene at the same time. Try to imagine this painting without a moon. Or with the moon positioned somewhere else. As strange as it might seem to place the moon touching the top of the prominent tree, the composition is right this way, don’t you think?

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3 thoughts on “Autumnal Moon at Tamagawa”

  1. Amy, I think that the moon and the tree, put close to each other on the painting, highlight the force of Nature in our world. The fishermen are mere supporting actors in the show. Thank you!

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