The Fashionable Bridge
The picture is based on contrasts: space is formed by parallel outlines of a bridge with people and carts on it, and of a mountain landscape with a huge fluffy cloud caught on the summits. Viewers are invited to cover the vast space. This is facilitated by the blurred background, as opposed to the bridge that is clearly traced out. By focusing attention on the line of the bridge, the artist tries to convey feeling of life that passes along the bridge. The fixed outline of mountains and the red color of the bridge are to accentuate still further the busy movement of people on the bridge. The very shape of the bridge reminds symbolically of the most ancient and most reliable way of man's movement on the earth. The decorative nature of the picture bears a strong resemblance to color prints made by great Japanese painters Hokusai and Hiroshige.