Takahashi Hiroaki (Shôtei) 高橋松亭 弘明: Rain on Izumi Bridge (Sold)

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Artist: Takahashi Hiroaki (Shotei)
Title: Rain on Izumi Bridge
Date:  ca. 1930

A woman in traditional garb and her male attendant cross Izumi Bridge during a fierce evening rainstorm. The only glow of light comes from his paper lantern. We feel the echoes of Hiroshige’s famous Ohashi Bridge work from a century earlier. One of Hiroaki’s most effective designs in this format. Hiroaki’s work very deliberately references an earlier Japan, which helped encourage sales of nostalgic images to the eager customers abroad. Andreas Marks chose this design as one of his personal choices in his recent book on 200 Masterpieces of Japanese prints, and it is shown in a double-page spread on pages 600-601.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Yellow and pink in lantern are completely unfaded.
Dimensions: 17 x 38.2 cm.
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Literature: Amy Reigle Stephens, gen. ed., The New Wave: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 1993, page 111, plate 86.Shimizu, Hisao, Syotei (Hiroaki) Takahashi: His Life and Works, 2005,p. 42 number 84. Marks, "Japanese Woodblock Prints in 200 Masterpieces" (2019), #197, page 598. See MFA and AIC websites.