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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Karasaki no yao (Night rain, Karasaki)

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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Karasaki no yao (Night rain, Karasaki)
Woodblock print, from the series Omi hakkei no uchi (The eight views of Omi [Lake Biwa]), signed Hiroshige ga, published by Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyudo), a joint publication with Takenouchi Magohachi (Hoeido)
9 ¾ x 14 3/8 in. (24.8 x 36.5 cm.)

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The series Omi hakkei, depicting the beautiful river scenery around Lake Biwa, was modeled after the Chinese classic painting “Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang."
Karasaki has been famous since the Heian period for its ancient pine tree supported by wood stakes. Variant printings of this design, in particular the concentration of rain and darkness, are known. This variant (kawarizuri) with green grading on the pine tree is thought to be rare.
The poem in the square cartouche reads:
Yo no ame ni/ oto o yuzurite/ yukaze o/ yoso ni na tatsuru/ Karasaki no matsu
(Yielding to the sound in the evening rain and drawing near to the evening wind, he grows famous: the pine tree of Karasaki)

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