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Title

Rain of the fifth month


Artist

Suzuki HARUNOBU

Japan

1725 - 1770


About

In most parts of Japan, the fifth month (present day June by the Gregorian calendar) brings lengthy rainy days. Although the rain is necessary for healthy growth of the rice crop, combined with pre-summer warmth it can cause health hazards and dampen spirit for the urban population of Edo.
The poem reads: "The downpour ceases from time to time, but the sky is never seen clear of the summer rain clouds" (Furisusabu/ todae wa aredo/ samidare no/ kumo wa harema mo/ mienu sora kana) - translation by Jack Hillier 1970.


Details


Other Title

Three girls in the rain


Alternative title

Fûzoku shiki kasen: Samidare


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

late 1760s-1770


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut


Dimensions

27.3 x 22.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Suzuki Harunobu ga [picture by Harunobu]". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1951


Location

Not on display


Accession number

8581


Artist information

Suzuki HARUNOBU

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Louise Mitchell, Stepping out: three centuries of shoes, Sydney, 2009, 18 (colour illus.).

YOSHIDA Teruji, Ukiyo-e Jiten, Japan, 1990, vol.1/ 33 (illus.), vol.3/ pp.120-122.