Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige)
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Paris, October-November 1887
Original: oil on canvas, 53.8 x 73.3 cm, wxh
Van Gogh greatly admired Japanese woodcuts for their bright colours and distinctive compositions. He based this painting of a bridge in the rain on a print by the famous artist Utagawa Hiroshige. Van Gogh made the colours more intense than in the original, however. He painted this work on a standard size canvas. He wanted to maintain the proportions of the original print and so left a border, which he filled with Japanese characters copied from other prints.
Interesting, more information about how Vincent was inspired by Japanese prints can be read here on the website of the Van Gogh Museum.
“And we wouldn’t be able to study Japanese art, it seems to me, without becoming much happier and more cheerful, and it makes us return to nature, despite our education and our work in a world of convention.” Vincent to his brother Theo, 23 or 24 September 1888.
This masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh can be seen in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Read more about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on his paintings page.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)
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