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Night Rain at Azuma-no-mori, from the series Eight Views in the Environs of Edo

Utagawa Hiroshige

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, Arts of Japan, 2nd floor
Utagawa Hiroshige was one of Japan’s most celebrated and prolific designers of landscape-theme woodblock prints. Although some of his most famous prints feature bright colors, he also made very subtle compositions that rely heavily on shades of gray and textures that recall the brushwork of ink paintings. In this image from an Eight Views series, he uses ink of a light color printed over a darker one to represent the subject of “rain at night.”
MEDIUM Color woodblock print with mica on paper
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES ca. 1837–1838
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 8 3/4 x 13 13/16 in. (22.2 x 35.1 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudō). Censor's seal: kiwame.
    SIGNATURE Hiroshige ga (広重画)
    CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Arts of Japan, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858). Night Rain at Azuma-no-mori, from the series Eight Views in the Environs of Edo, ca. 1837–1838. Color woodblock print with mica on paper, 8 3/4 x 13 13/16 in. (22.2 x 35.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 41.604 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.604_IMLS_PS3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 41.604_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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