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Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road : Shōno (Rainstorm)

Utagawa Hiroshige I19c

Yamatane Museum of Art
Yamatane Museum of Art

Over the course of his life Hiroshige painted more than 20 versions of his Tôkaidô series, and this Hôeidô-edition Fifty-Three Stations of the Tôkaidô, the debut of the subject, was particularly popular. The Yamatane collection print from this series is accompanied by a title page and is thus an important example thought to remain in the state first used to sell the prints in folio format. This print is one of the famous images from this series. The Shôno Station (present-day Shôno-cho in Suzuka city) shows the flat highway running alongside the Suzuka River, but there is no need for an exact location of the site. Of the 55 prints in this huge series, Hiroshige varied his depiction of season and weather, with this print showing Shôno in a deluge of rain. Figures hurry along the rain soaked road, with the sense of movement heightened by the sloping ground. The Kansai area Shijô school of painters influenced Hiroshige and other Utagawa school ukiyo-e artists, as seen in numerous works with similar compositions centered on bold diagonal lines.

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  • Title: Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road : Shōno (Rainstorm)
  • Date Created: 19c
  • Location Created: Tokyo, Japan
  • 材質・技法(日本語): 大判錦絵
  • 作家名(日本語): 歌川広重(初代)
  • 作品名(日本語): 東海道五拾三次之内 庄野・白雨
  • Physical Dimensions: w350 x h230 mm
  • Painter: Utagawa Hiroshige I
  • Type: Woodblock Prints
  • Rights: Yamatane Museum of Art, Japan, © Yamatane Museum of Art, 2013
  • Medium: Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome (Nishiki-e) Woodblock Print on Paper

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