東海道五十三次 土山 春の雨 Spring Rain at Tsuchiyama, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō
Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); W. 14 in. (35.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1918
Not on view
Tsuchiyama—a travelers' station on the road known as the Tōkaidō, in the mountains just before the road ends at Kyoto— is famous for its rain, and rain is central to this print's composition. The gentle melancholy of a spring shower is suggested by delicate, crisscrossing vertical lines that subdue a daimyō procession.
Utagawa 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
Marking: Seals: 1. Hoeidō (in red seal for the publisher) 2. Haru no ame (in red, for subtitle)
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.
London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Hiroshige: prints and drawings," July 3, 1997–September 28, 1997.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Autumn and Winter," June 22, 2006–September 10, 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.