Spring Rain at Tsuchiyama
Signed: “Drawn by Hiroshige”
From the series Fifty-three Posting Stations the Tokaido
Publisher: Takenouchi Magohachi (Hoeido)
Hiroshige started to produce landscape prints in the early 1830s. His unique style is evident in his series Famous Places in Edo and Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido. He continued to excel at views of famous places throughout his career.
In 1832, Hiroshige was invited to join an embassy of officials to the imperial court. En route, he studied the Tokaido road (eastern sea route), which wended its way along the shoreline from Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to Kyoto. His resulting series of prints of the Tokaido was extremely successful and his artistic reputation was firmly established. His woodblock prints of landscapes were incredibly influential not only in Japan but later in Europe, where his work influenced many artists of the Impressionist school. This print depicts the staging post of Tsuchiyama, a place situated in a mountain forest and known for its abundant spring rainfall.
Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection
Painting Woodblock print
Ink and colour on paper
22.2 x 34.5 cms