Browse Lots

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)
UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Ohashi bridge, sudden shower at Atake

Details
UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)
Ohashi bridge, sudden shower at Atake
Woodblock print, from the series Meisho Edo hyakkei (One hundred views of famous places in Edo), signed Hiroshige ga, published by Uoya Eikichi,1857
Vertical oban: 14 x 9 1/8 in. (35.7 x 23.1 cm.)

Brought to you by

Takaaki Murakami
Takaaki Murakami

Lot Essay

One of Hiroshige's most well-known prints shows 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, immortalizing 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
;

Related Articles

View all
Collecting guide: 5 things to  auction at Christies
Virtual tour: Art of the Islam auction at Christies
5 reasons collectors love Aude auction at Christies

More from Japanese and Korean Art

View All
View All