Friday, 6 August 2010


I've got a calender of the Japanese print master Utagawa Hiroshige on my bedroom wall this year, and this is the image for August: Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake (1857). I can't stop looking at it. To evoke so much atmosphere, and to so evocatively define the posture of the huddled figures with such relatively simple line and shapes...damn good. If there's ever been a better artistic representation of people sheltering from a rain shower, I'd like to see it. Awesome.

1 comment:

  1. saw this on the wall of one of my friends, but she had actually matted and framed it. Love this painting. gonna do the same thing i think