Geese Descending at Katata from the Eight Views of Omi Province series

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (1797-1858)
Publisher: Eikyudo
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1834
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W: 25.4 x 37.8 cm (10 x 14 7/8 in)
Credit Line
Anonymous gift
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print (oban)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Eight views of Omi province, fishing, goose, Japan, oban, poems, snow, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance

Louis V. Ledoux (1880-1948) [1]

To 1980
Private collection, to 1980 [2]

Freer Gallery of Art, given by a private collector in 1980


[1] According to the donor, this print was once in the collection of Louis V. Ledoux. A detailed comparison between this print and the same print illustrated in the catalogue of the Ledoux collection substantiate this provenance; see Louis V. Ledoux, Japanese Prints in the Collection of Louis V. Ledoux vol. V: Hokusai and Hiroshige (Princeton University Press, 1951) no. 27 (see also, Curatorial Note 2, A. Yonemura, 1981, in object record).

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Gregory T. Kruglak
Louis V. Ledoux 1880 - 1948


Early in his career, Hiroshige designed a fine series of eight landscape prints depicting "Eight Views of Omi" (now in the Shiga Prefecture), the scenic area around Lake Biwa. The subject is a Japanese adaptation of the Chinese theme of "Eight Views of the Hsiao and Hsiang [Rivers]" (J: Shosho hakkei; C: Xiao Xiang bajing). The theme of "Eight Views of Omi" has a strong literary basis, and is likely to have been formulated first in a series of poems before it became a subject of paintings. A poem is beautifully written in the upper left-hand corner of this print. As translated by Louis V. Ledoux (1880-1948), a former owner of the print, the verse may be rendered: "Lured from their flight over many peaks toward far-off Koshiji, the wild geese are alighting at nearby Katata." The composition takes full advantage of the illusion of depth achieved by the diagonal movement of the boats and the converging descent of the geese. Color printing is expertly controlled, especially in the clouds and the ghostly forms of trees along the distant shore.

Published References
  • Louis V. Ledoux. Japanese Prints in the Ledoux Collection. 5 vols. Princeton and New York. cat. 27.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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