Shôtei: A sudden downpour
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Takahashi Shôtei (Hiroaki) (1871-1945)
Passers-by struggling to make their way through a heavy nightly rainstorm near a bridge, the scene being lit by a solitary street lamp.
Title: Niwaka ame (A sudden downpour)
Publisher: Watanabe, Tokyo
Date: c. 1927-35
Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: Vertical Ôtanzaku (Mitsugiri-ban), 37.3 x 16.6 cm (image)
Excellent impression, colours and condition, with margins all around. Paper slightly age-toned. The usual small drying hole in the lower left corner. Verso a small stamp "Made in Japan". Provenance: Muller Collection.
Illustrated in: Shimizu, Syotei (Hiroaki) Takahashi. Folk Museum of Ota City, 2005, p. 51, fig. no. 223; also in Shimizu, The Collected Works of Shôtei Takahashi. A modern Ukiyo-e Painter. Tokyo 2009, p. 84, fig. 81. Cf. also MFA Boston, RES.51.132. Shotei.com M-50.