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Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake (Ohashi Atake no yudachi)

Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake (Ohashi Atake no yudachi)
From the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
Woodblock print, signed Hiroshige ga
Published by Uoya Eikichi
Sealed kiwame (approved)
Date seal: Snake 9 (9/1857)
Vertical oban: 36.4 x 23.7 cm. (14 3/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

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One of Hiroshige's most well-known prints, pedestrians crossing the Ohashi Bridge are taken by surprise by a sudden downpour of rain. On the shoreline to the far left, almost completely obscured by the rain are the Atake and Honjo districts, with the roofs of the sheds housing the shogun's boats just visible. Only thirty years after its publication, an impression of this print made its way into the collection of Vincent van Gogh, inspiring him to paint his 1887 oil and canvas version Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige), 1887, which is now in the van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, immortalising the print into the Western cannon of art forever.

For another impression in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, accession number 34.292, go to: https://www.mfa.org/collections/search

And for another in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession number JP3174, go to: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection

For the original print by Hiroshige owned by Vincent van Gogh, now in the Van Gogh Museum, go to: https://vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0115V1962

For Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige), oil on canvas, by Vincent van Gogh, go to: https://vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0114V1962

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