Jul 16, 2014

Driving Rain at Shono (Station 46) from the series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido

Driving Rain at Shono (Station 46) from the series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido


Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重

(Japanese, 1797-1858)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 38 x 25.4 cm (14 15/16 x 10 in.)

Gift of Mrs. T. Wingate Todd from the Collection of Dr. T. Wingate Todd 1948.306



In this print, Hiroshige mastered capturing the atmospheric qualities of rain and its effects on travelers wearing straw raincoats. The publisher’s name, Takenouchi, is written on the umbrella. His large red seal is stamped on the left side of the print.

Hiroshige often depicted rainfall with distinct slanted lines. Here, he also added sheets of gray shading to emphasize the intensity of the downpour. In addition, three different shades of gray, requiring three different stages of the printing process, suggest distance in the thickets of bamboo in the background.

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