近江八景之内 唐崎夜雨 Night Rain at Karasaki, from the series Eight Views of Ō-mi
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Image: 8 3/4 × 13 5/8 in. (22.2 × 34.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1914
Not on view
Karasaki was famous for its ancient pine tree, which was revered as sacred. Images of Karasaki in the evening rain were among the earliest manifestations of the Eight Views theme, set at Ō-mi, the area around Lake Biwa, southeast of Kyoto. The impression of drenching rain was achieved by a screen of fine, vertical ink lines superimposed over the muted tonal gradations of the huge pine that dominates the picture.
Hiroshige, one of Japan’s foremost landscapists, designed two extremely popular series: Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō and One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.
Signature: Hiroshige ga
Inscription: Verse: Elsewhere will they talk of the music of the evening breeze that has made the pine of Karasaki famed; for the voice of the wind is not heard through the sound of the rain in the night.