A Rainy Day by the Shore of the Sumida River, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Poster
This poster is an 18 x 12 inch print of A Rainy Day by the Shore of the Sumida River, a 1883 woodblock print by Kuniyoshi Utagawa.
This version is printed in USA on museum-quality, archival, acid-free matte paper — 10.3 mil, 192 grams per square inch — with an opacity of 94% and ISO brightness of 104%.
Kuniyoshi Utagawa was a great master of the ukiyo-e genre — the term translates as “picture of the floating world”. He created woodblock prints and paintings of beautiful women and landscapes, warrior scenes of the samurai, depictions of cats, Kabuki actors, mythical animals, and folk tales, and caricatures (varying his subjects depending on changing political climates).
Kuniyoshi's father was a silk dyer, and it’s thought that assisting his father as a pattern designer influenced Yoshikazu’s later artwork, with its rich colors and textile-like patterns.
In Kuniyoshi’s series, One hundred and eight heroes of the popular Suikoden all told, he drew tattoos on the heroes and started a cultural fad.