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Hiroshige - Japanese Woodblock Print Sudden Shower At Ohashi Bridge 1858 For Sale
HIROSHIGE - Japanese Woodblock Print SUDDEN SHOWER AT OHASHI BRIDGE 1858
Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake
Number 58 from the series 100 Famous Views of Edo
Date: Genuine Showa era woodblock print published from recut blocks by Watanabe
Size: oban, approx. 10.5" x 15.75"
Condition: Fine, no flaws, uncirculated condition
Impression: Fine, excellent key lines, registration and texture
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and excellent bleed through to verso
Documentation: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo Brazillier, 1986, print 58
WE CAN ALMOST HEAR THE CRACK OF THUNDER as the roiling black clouds burst into sheets of heavy rain, scattering the huddled shapes on the bridge below. This print is the undisputed masterpiece of the One Hundred famous Views of Edo. It bears comparison in its universal appeal with another of Hiroshige's most famous landscapes, Shono in The Fifty-three Stations of The Tokaido, with which it shares the theme of escape from a sudden rain.
The immediate appeal of this composition is enhanced by finely wrought details. The irregular pattern of the black clouds above reveals to a rare degree the spontaneous hand of the printer, differing visibly from one print to another. The torrent of rain turns out on close inspection to be an overlay of black on gray at slightly different angles, some lines broken, other extending the length of the composition. The six figures on the bridge offer a lively diversity of ways to escape from the rain, in ones, twos and threes, under hats, mats, and umbrellas, in one direction and another.
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Hiroshige - Japanese Woodblock Print Sudden Shower At Ohashi Bridge 1858: $180