Jul 8, 2014

Night Rain at the Azuma Shrine (from the series Eight Views of the Environs of Edo)

Night Rain at the Azuma Shrine (from the series Eight Views of the Environs of Edo)


Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重

(Japanese, 1797-1858)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 21.6 x 34.4 cm (8 1/2 x 13 9/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Henry S. Upson 1942.145



Here Hiroshige reinterprets the traditional Chinese poetic and artistic theme of Eight Views of Xiaoxiang, a scenic region in southeast China. Inspired by “rain at night on the Xiaoxiang,” Hiroshige instead places travelers near Azuma Jinja Shrine in an Edo (present-day Tokyo) suburb.

Synthetic blue pigment, imported from the West and wildly popular in the early 1800s, adds vibrancy to the muted landscape. Thin, ruler-straight diagonal lines of white ink evoke the driving rain.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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