People hurrying across a large bridge in the midst of a sudden evening downpour. Original title in Japanese is “Ōhashi Atake no yūdachi” Atake is a district in Edo, Ōhashi means bridge, and yūdachi is a sudden downpour, specifically in the evening. From the Meisho Edo hyakkei : 100 famous views of Edo series. Another name it is known as in English is “Sudden Shower over Shin-Ōhashi bridge and Atake”.
This is one of Hiroshige’s most popular works, and it inspired Vincent Van Gogh to create a work in tribute called “Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige)”. Those interested in art appreciation will have noticed the rather unique perspective and the angle of the horizon which adds to the atmosphere of hurry and movement!
This slice of life shows real Japanese life, and the straw raincoats and hats are typical of the time.
Artist: Hiroshige Ando
Original Type: Ukiyo-e woodcut
Size: A4 to A1 sizing, gloss or matte finish