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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ohashi Bridge at Atake, 1857
Ink on Paper
13 1/8 in. x 8 7/16 in. (33.34 cm x 21.43 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 2018

Alternate Title: Meisho Edo Hyakkei: Ohashi, Atake no yudachi
Full Title: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: 52, Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ohashi Bridge at Atake

The woodblock print, Sudden Shower on Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake, is by one of Japan's foremost artists, Ando Hiroshige. Designed in 1857 as part of his series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”, the image depicts pedestrians caught in a late summer downpour as they cross a bridge in Edo (now Tokyo). Hiroshige's strong sense of composition and his ability to design printed rain so that we can almost feel it lashing down on us has made this print one of his most celebrated images, and it inspired Vincent van Gogh to create a copy in oils thirty years later.

Meher McArthur, Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections

Two seals in upper right, one in lower left.

Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Color woodblock print with an image of townsmen hurrying on their way acrss Ohashi bridge in a shower. There is another print depicting three ships. Van Gogh's copy made this work famous.

Uo-Ei (Uo-ya Eikichi).

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