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Ochanomizu in the Rain

Artist:
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
mid-19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); W. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
JP2633
Not on view
The closely spaced vertical lines that render steady, drenching rain in this print emphasize the simplified forms of river, hills, and a solitary tree, all depicted without outline.

Kuniyoshi, one of the principal artists of the Utagawa school, is noted for his effective use of the itabokashi technique, in which ink and color are applied to the block in subtly changing tonalities. The block is then printed several times to deepen the gradation.
Signature: Ichiuysai Kuniyoshi ga
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Autumn and Winter," June 22, 2006–September 10, 2006.

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