Shelter from a Sudden Shower - Beautifully detailed triptych showing a group of travelers seeking shelter under a large pine tree during a sudden rain storm. At right, a pair of beauties and a young man dash towards the tree, the women sharing an umbrella and the man looking up at the darkening sky. At left, a mother cradles a baby against her chest as she holds the hand of her crying son, who wipes his eyes. A vender kneels beside him, taking the opportunity to smoke a slender pipe, while a woman standing nearby presses her hand to her ears during the thunder. Rain slants across the landscape, blowing the grasses in the background. A wonderful scene from everyday life, rarely seen in reprint.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 21 1/2" x 10 3/4"
Condition - This triptych with excellent color and detail. Three separate panels. Please see photos for details.
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