Night Rain at Asagaya

Method Woodblock (nishiki-e)
Artist Takahashi Hiroaki (Shōtei) 1871-1945
Published c. 1927
Dimensions Vertical mitsugiri-ban [~15 x 6 inches]
Notes Artist Signature: Shotei
Artist Seal: Shotei
Publisher: Watanabe

An atmospheric night-time scene of a silhouetted man pulling a cart in the rain. The rain is applied in silver overprinting.

Takahashi Hiroaki, known as Shōtei, (1871-1945) was born Matsumoto Katsutaro in Mukoyanagiwara, Asakusa, Tokyo on 2nd January, 1871. He was the first artist recruited by Shōzaburō Watanabe. Shōtei produced some 500 print designs for Watanabe. When Watanabe's business was destroyed after the 1923 earthquake, Shōtei redesigned 250 prints.

Additionally, in the 1930s, while still working for Watanabe, Shōtei produced almost 200 print designs for the publisher Shōbidō Tanaka. These included 12 mitsugiri-ban prints with approximately 180 prints in smaller sizes. His work is typical of other shin-hanga artists, focusing on landscapes, dramatic light, and the changing weather and seasons. The popularity of Shōtei's prints resulted in various other publishers and designers copying his work.

Provenance: Estate of Edythe Polster.

Condition: Excellent impression, sheet evenly toned.
Framing mounted
Price £675.00
Stock ID 49456