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Night Rain at Karasaki, from the series Eight Views of Ō-mi

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1835
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); W. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
JP52
  • Description

    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.

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