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Night Rain at Karasaki

Artist:
Torii Kiyomasu II (Japanese, 1706–1763)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; (beni-e); black, red and green on paper
Dimensions:
12 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (31.8 x 15.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
JP1447
Not on view
This is an early example of the theme that Hiroshige turned into a masterpiece of landscape in the woodblock print medim. The print is akin to book illustration, which was the basic metier of ukiyo-e artists. A simple color scheme, limited to one or two colors, is characteristic of the primitive stage of woodblock printing in the early decades of the eighteenth century.
Signature: Torii Kiyomasu fude

Inscription: Poem: "Leave the spring earth to the rain of night; the evening wind has passed away; now is the hour of the Karasaki pine".
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