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Catalog Number 1983.6
Object Name Woodcut
Title Sudden Rainstorm at Shono (from the series TOKAIDO GOJUSAN - TSUGI NO UCHI (from the 53 stations of the Tokaido))
Date n.d.
Description Hiroshige, Utagawa (Ando). Sudden Rainstorm at Shono. n.d. Japanese. 8 5/8" x 12 3/4"
Artist Hiroshige, Utagawa (Ando)
Medium Color Woodcut (copy)
Culture Japanese
Dimensions H-8.625 W-12.75 inches
Notes Copy - original series dated ca. 1841-1842
R.P.R. $375-$13,500
June 1990 identified as part of "Hiroshige Woodblock Prints" portfolio, see below:

This image is catalogued in Richard Lane, IMAGES FORM THE FLOATING WORLD. NY: Doreset Press, 1982, cat. no. 179, p. 175. For detailed listing and illustration of the complete fifty-five Tokaido prints, see dictionary entry under the Japanese series title, Tokaido Gojusan-Tsugi, found under Hiroshige print series, figures 70-124. There are 8 Tokaido series. Our image is close to aiban size (13 x 9", 34.2 x 22.5 cm) cand therefore possibly from the fourth series Tokaido Gojusan-Tsugi No Uchi (From the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido), 55 prints, aiban, ca. 1841042; publishers: Ezaki-ya, Yamda-ya (This series is known as the "Gyosho Tokaido," from the cursive calligraphic style of the cartouches.) Lane (p. 175): "In this most famous of all Hiroshige prints, wayfarers and palanquiri bearers scurry from a sudden summer rainstorm. For Hiroshige the composition is a dynamic one: the space is divided into bold triangles of varying depth, and the two groups of figures are runing in opposite directions out of the frame. The successive rows of bamboos lend a peculiar sense of movment to the design, which effectively contrasts the violent yet measured rhythms of nature with the hurried activities of man. It is significant that the two major desgins of this series, "Shono" and "Kambara," depict localities quite lacking in features that would interest an ordinary tourist, leaving the artist much creative license."

PastPerfect Conversion May 2014
Credit line Augustana College Art Collection