Shōno: A Rain Shower
Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )
The rhythmic patterns of trees and rain convey the driving, enveloping atmosphere of a sudden summer rainstorm, in which travelers rush for shelter. Layers of crisscrossing diagonals create a powerful tension, heightened by the oblique forces of the two figure groups.
Anna McFarland, Ichiryusai Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, Label text, 1986.